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Hyundai and Audi join hands on fuel cell technology development

ABR Staff Writer Published 21 June 2018

Hyundai and Audi have formed a partnership to make joint efforts in the development of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) for leading the automotive industry to a more sustainable future.

The companies have signed a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a range of FCEV components and technologies.

The cross-license deal has been signed by Hyundai Motor Company, the group’s car-making unit, and Audi.

It also covers and benefits both companies’ affiliates, including but not limited to Kia Motors and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen. 

The partnership between the two automakers will leverage the collective research & development capabilities in fuel cell technology to elevate their presence in the FCEV market. The agreement also includes mutual access to fuel cell components.

Hyundai Motor Company vice chairman Euisun Chung said: “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.

“We are confident that the Hyundai Motor Group-Audi partnership will successfully demonstrate the vision and benefits of FCEVs to the global society.”

As the first step, Hyundai Motor will grant Audi to access its parts that are based on the know-how it has accumulated from the development of its ix35 Fuel Cell as well as NEXO.

On the other hand, Audi will be responsible for the development of fuel cell technology within the Volkswagen Group. It is expected to take the full advantage of Hyundai’s FCEV parts supply chain.

As one of the first developers of fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai has been selling SUV-class FCEV’s since 2013 and presently sells them across 18 countries around the world.

Hyundai and Audi have also agreed to take this collaboration a next step by developing industry standards in the fuel cell technology and to spur innovation in this technology, offering more advanced mobility solutions for customers.

Audi technical development board member Peter Mertens said: “The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future.

“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.”

Image: Hyundai’s Nexo. Photo: Courtesy of Hyundai Motor.