Hyundai Motor Company announced the expansion of its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its support of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. Hyundai’s commitment aims to increase technical collaboration to better understand challenges and to collect and publish independently validated data from demonstrating fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure under real world operating conditions. This partnership will help address technical barriers and enable progress in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across applications and sectors.
As part of the partnership, Hyundai will provide the DOE with five NEXO fuel cell vehicles for use in various regions of the country including Washington, D.C., to help advance research and development of fuel cell technologies. Data from the vehicles and infrastructure will be collected, analyzed and published to identify additional research needs in key areas such as durability, performance and reliability. Activities will also help support training and workforce development programs. Hyundai provided its first NEXO to the DOE in 2019.
In addition to supporting the U.S. Federal Government’s advancement of fuel cell technologies, Hyundai will contribute funding to install a small-scale hydrogen fueling station in the Washington, D.C. area this fall, previously developed through the DOE’s H-Prize H2Refuel competition
“Hyundai Motor is proud to partner with and support the U.S. DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program as part of our commitment in supporting the transition to clean energy,” said Euisun Chung, Executive Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Group. “With the potential for application across multiple industries, we firmly believe that hydrogen fuel cells are necessary for a sustainable future. We are delighted that our technologies can help the U.S. DOE as it continues to explore the future potential of hydrogen.”
“The Trump Administration is committed to utilizing every source of energy to ensure America’s transportation needs and challenges are aptly met and resolved,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “To meet this commitment, it is essential that we collaborate with industry. We are pleased to partner with Hyundai to help advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and ensure our nation’s sustainable transportation future.”
Source: Hyundai Motor