Branching into gas cell vehicles additionally delivers added scale for expensive elements, equivalent to gas cell stacks and high-pressure hydrogen tanks, serving to drive down manufacturing prices.
The gas cell system in Hyundai’s vehicles, as an example, relies on the identical elements utilized in its passenger autos — though vehicles require extra sturdy gas cell membranes and catalysts due to the upper variety of miles pushed. Spreading that expertise over larger volumes helps.
Hyundai expects to construct simply 11,000 gas cell passenger autos this yr. However the addition of two,000 gas cell vehicles for Europe subsequent yr, on Hyundai’s approach to supplying the area with 25,000 by 2030, will characterize a major uptick in quantity.
Hyundai can be in talks to produce lots of of gas cell vehicles to a U.S. buyer in 2022.
“As we’re utilizing the identical expertise on the vehicles, we will profit from this price discount impact,” Kim stated.
In coming years, hydrogen vehicles will develop into extra aggressive with their diesel counterparts because of falling prices for gas cells and rising prices for diesels amid extra stringent emissions guidelines.
Hyundai initiatives that,due to stricter U.S. carbon dioxide rules, gas cells will account for 30 % of the heavy-truck market in 16 states, together with California, by 2030.
Hyundai’s U.S. truck will likely be based mostly on the glossy, bullet-faced HDC-6 Neptune idea, a hydrogen-powered Class eight heavy-duty truck it unveiled eventually fall’s North American Industrial Automobile Present.
Its design was impressed by the enduring streamliner trains of the 1930s.
However long run, heavy-duty vehicles can solely take the expertise to date, given restricted general demand within the section.
True mass scale will solely come via gas cell passenger autos. However to get the ball rolling, Hyundai and Toyota are searching for incremental quantity from a number of functions.
“That is why we’re utilizing our expertise in passenger autos, vehicles, ships, trains and as backup energy,” Hyundai’s Kim stated. “We are attempting to make use of this expertise in all places we will.”