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The Hyundai Motor Group presented its future vision of a worldwide hydrogen company on the Global Online Forum “Hydrogen Wave”. The Group presented its plans to contribute to the introduction of new technologies in transport and other sectors for dissemination of the energy carrier by 2040. The group wants to underline their commitment to clean, sustainable energy for all types of mobility.

With its strategy, the Hyundai Motor Group wants to take a pioneering role in the commercial vehicle industry and help to realize a sustainable, clean future. The aim of the Group is to fully equip its commercial vehicle pallet to 2028 with fuel cell systems, which should make it the first global mobility provider, which realizes these ambitions in the commercial vehicle sector and thus further promotes the transition to sustainable mobility.

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Since the development of its first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 1998, the Group is preparing for the future mobility with the help of hydrogen. In 2013, the Hyundai IX35 FCEV was revealed, which opened the door for mass production of fuel cell vehicles. In 2018, the company then launched the next generation of fuel cell SUV NEXO on the market, followed by the world’s first serious fuel cell truck Xcient Fuel Cell last year.

Now, the Group will gradually expand its offers based on hydrogen technologies to reduce the dependence of society of fossil fuels. After two decades of fuel cell technology development, the Group provides for broader applications in its vehicles and other mobility and various energy applications.

According to the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative of leading energy, transport, industrial and investment companies, hydrogen will account for around 18 percent of worldwide energy needs up to 2050 and reach a market volume of 2.5 trillion US dollars. The dissemination of hydrogen as an energy supplier can also help to reduce CO2 emissions by more than six billion tons per year and at the same time creating over 30 million new jobs.

Hydrogen vision 2040 – climate neutrality through a paradigm change in the energy sector

The vision of the Hyundai Motor Group states that hydrogen energy is used by the year 2040 not only for transport, but also finds application in other areas of various industries and in the private environment.

On the “Hydrogen Wave” Forum, the Hyundai Motor Group introduced its plans to actively respond to climate change through applications with hydrogen technology, starting with the commercial vehicle sector that extends relatively large amounts of CO2 and requires longer range compared to the car sector. In the future, the Group will offer all new commercial vehicles such as buses and heavy trucks for the global market as fuel cell and battery powered electric vehicles in the market. By 2028, the Group wants to be the first global mobility provider, which uses its fuel cell system in all standard commercial vehicle models.

The Group has already started serial production of a highly improved version of the current Hyundai Xcient Fuel Cell, the first-made fuel cell heavy duty car in the world. In addition, the Group develops a tractor based on the Xcient Fuel Cell, which is to celebrate 2024 Markstart. On the “Hydrogen Wave” Forum, the Hyundai Motor Group also presented the concept “Trailer Drone”, a hydrogen-powered container transport system that can work completely autonomously.

The Group wants its fuel cell technologies to the global commercial vehicle market – including the European, currently 400.It includes 000 new units per year – focusing. The Group will develop a more than five to seven fuel cell PBV (Purpose Built Vehicle) aiming at the global market for light commercial vehicles. By 2030, an annual sales of seven million units is predicted.

Fuel cell systems are commercially used not only in vehicles such as the Nexo, the BUS for Personal Promotion Elec City and the Xcient Fuel Cell Truck, but also have the potential to be used in various areas such as high-performance vehicles, urban air mobility, robots, aircraft and large ships. The Group also wants to expand the scope of fuel cell systems and technologies to all areas of the energy sector, including the provision of electricity and heat for buildings, urban energy sources and power plants.

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In order to achieve this goal, the Hyundai Motor Group plans to introduce a new generation of fuel cell systems an attractive price and with increased volume at the same time even better durability and performance. Through continuous research and development work, the engineers of the Hyundai Motor Group could reduce the cost of fuel cells in the last 20 years by almost 98 percent. The Group has set itself the goal of offering for 2030 vehicles with fuel cell technology at a price, which lies on the level of a battery electric vehicle.

The Hyundai Motor Group not only invests continuously in the technological development of fuel cell systems, but also in the construction of hydrogen ecosystems worldwide. At the same time, the Group in various business areas involves partnerships with other organizations and governments, including aerospace, rail transport, energy, infrastructure, information and communication technology and other service sectors.

Fuel cell systems of the next generation with 500.000 kilometer warranty

At the Hydrogen Forum, the Group presented a series of new fuel cell systems, including a third-generation system – a powerful and efficient successor of the system currently installed in Hyundai Nexo. The system is currently in the development phase and should be available in two variants, as 100 kW and 200 kW version. The 100KW system was reduced by 70 percent compared to the current generation to create more flexible applications for different vehicle types. The 200 kW version is similar to the previous system in the NEXO, but offers nearly twice the performance.

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At the second-generation NEXO fuel cell system, which has been used since 2018, the company guarantees a mileage of at least 5000 hours and 160.000 kilometers, which corresponds to the guarantee of a combustion vehicle. When developing the third generation of fuel cell systems, Hyundai strives for a guaranteed overall run of 500.000 kilometers for cars.

The new system can summarize multiple modular 100 kW units so that by their arrangement 500 kW to 1 MW – ideal for use as an emergency system for large ships or IT companies. Also introduced is a “full-flat” fuel cell system, which has a height of only 25 centimeters and thus can be used for various applications as in terms of dedicated special vehicles (purpose built vehicle, PBV), MPVS (multi purpose vehicle), buses and trams.

The future of hydrogen mobility

As part of the Hydrogen Wave, the Group’s vision for future fields of application of hydrogen technology is presented, which extends to various applications, of emergency and rescue services through the autonomous container transport to high-performance sports vehicles. Production, storage and transport convenience are important factors for the broad application and the use of fuel cell technology. Under the special brand HTWO, the Group also introduces new concepts for mobile hydrogen filling systems.

The concept vehicle “Trailer Drone” is a hydrogen-powered container transport system that can work completely autonomously. A large number of intelligently accommodated hydrogen tanks tuned to the driving profile ensures the flexible and efficient “trailer drone” with a single refueling a range of more than 1000 kilometers comparable to existing container transport systems. In the development of the autonomous capabilities of the system, the special requirements of the container transport and the operation of container terminals flowed. The engineers had to completely redefine the way a container moves, which led to the “Fuel Cell E-Bogie”.

The term “bogie” (Bogie) comes from the railway industry. Bogies are wheel carriers that sit under each train wagon. The “Fuel Cell E-Bogie” is therefore like a railroad screen under the container and acts as a closed system with fuel cell drive and independent four-wheel steering. The “Trailer Drone” has two “Fuel Cell E-Bogie” systems that enable high maneuverability through lateral movements. The vehicle can move autonomously through harbor facilities and tight urban structures. The efficiency will be further enhanced by the “cluster mode”, which allows multiple “trailer drones” to move together closely in succession (platooning).

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The “Fuel Cell E-Bogie” is not only suitable for the “trailer drone” concept, but also for the entire value chain, such as logistics sector, construction, fire fighting and disaster relief. As a multi-purpose platform, it can serve noiseless, emission-free and autonomous a variety of goals.

Fuel cell technology is also suitable for high performance vehicles. The Hyundai Motor Group has introduced a concept for a hydrogen-powered hybrid sports car, the Vision FK,. With a maximum performance of more than 500 kW, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / lively in less than four seconds. By combining a fuel cell converter with a powerful plug-in powertrain with rear wheel drive, the high-performance vehicle can achieve a range of more than 600 kilometers with only one tank filling.

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The “Rescue Drone” is a new concept vehicle with fuel cell drive that can be remotely controlled and autonomously used for firefighting and life rescue. It has an independent steering system with which it turns on the spot and can move like a cancer on the ground. Due to the pictures of a flight drone belonging to the vehicle, the “Rescue Drone” can provide an overview of the situation. With a tank filling, he can achieve a range of 450 to 500 kilometers.

The heavy duty vehicle “H Moving Station” is equipped with refueling devices for fuel cell vehicles. This mobile hydrogen filling station is particularly suitable for areas with a limited range of tank capabilities. And the Rescue Hydrogen Generator Vehicle (RHGV) supplies vehicles with electricity that urgently need energy in remote regions away from the road. The supply vehicle can also deliver 220 volts (single-phase) and 380 volts (three-phase) at the same time.

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2 thoughts on “Hyundai Motor Group introduces hydrogen vision 2040”

  1. The Group introduced his plans, until 2040 contribute to the introduction of new technologies in transport and other sectors for the dissemination of the energy source hydrogen.

    Climate change will not wait for Hyundai with its “new technologies” so far.

    Through continuous research and development work, the engineers of the Hyundai Motor Group were able to Costs for fuel cells in the last 20 years reduce almost 98 percent.

    Nevertheless, the fuel cells are still very expensive.

    The accilation tours have fallen by about 80% in 10 years and are now about 100 Euro / kWh.

    If batteries would fall by 98% at the price in 20 years, they would be about 12 Euro / kWh at about 12 euros.

    Industry circuits calculate at sodium ion batteries with 30 Euro / kWh, if they are in the 2.Half of the decade would come with what Catl expects. For trucks this battery type would be less suitable, but for cheap E cars.

    For hydrogen there are still several problems to solve, see Doku “The Hydrogen Rebels” in the RBB trail last night at 21 o’clock. I looked at the docu.

    Energy turning between request and reality

    The hydrogen rebels

    The hydrogen revolution, which has been announced for decades, has so far failed. But this vision will now be re-fired in Lausitz with millions of funding. In the brownohnerevier, great hopes are hanging on a future hydrogen economy.


    In Brandenburg If you want to create hydrogen electrolysis systems as a replacement for the brew coal degradation and the then dropped workstations and it is time encountered on a water problem, because the Electrolysis facilities need a lot of water, If large amount of H2 should be produced there.

    At Tesla, the water consumption complains and now electrolysis systems are to be built with 500 liters per second water demand. So it is not only a lot of green electricity, but also a lot of water for the hydrogen revulotion used and that in a water army state.

    The hydrogen should be reserved for the industry, it is likely to have enough problems to cope with the high demand for green electricity, water and capital for the multiple number of PV and wind turbines.

    Vehicles of all kinds should be better operated battery electrically, so that the green electricity is enough for all.

  2. The tragedy continues: Today the H2 gas station should be in arrived at the 16.8th. Fancy is ready for use again. H2.Live is now 14.9. 2 days and the month is full. Imagine you would need to take big detours for refueling for 1 month.

    Would I have a Nexo or Mirai I would face the dealer now on the yard. What good is a car that you can not refuel?



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