Audi believes in hydrogen, partners with Hyundai
Getting a revolutionary new technology market ready is challenging, if not impossible on your own. Today, Hyundai and Audi announced they are pulling together to bring hydrogen-based fuel cells to volume production maturity more quickly and more efficiently.
The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components. “On our FCEV roadmap, we are joining forces with strong partners such as Hyundai. For the breakthrough of this sustainable technology, cooperation is the smart way to leading innovations with attractive cost structures”, said Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi AG.
“This agreement is another example of Hyundai’s strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future whilst enhancing consumers’ lives with hydrogen-powered vehicles, the fastest way to a truly zero-emission world”, stated Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor Company.
As a first step, Hyundai Motor Group will grant Audi the access to parts that are based on Hyundai’s know-how accumulated from the development of ix35 Fuel Cell as well as its successor, the Nexo (pictured). Audi - responsible for the development of fuel cell technology within the Volkswagen Group – will also be able to take full advantage of Hyundai’s FCEV parts supply chain.
Picture copyright: Hyundai, 2018