Hyundai, Kia Team Up for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Materials with US Firm


hyundaiHyundai Motor and Kia, prominent South Korean automakers, have joined forces with a U.S. materials science firm to jointly work on advancing a crucial component used in hydrogen fuel cells. The companies have inked a deal with W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., headquartered in Newark, Delaware, to collaborate on enhancing the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology specifically for hydrogen fuel cell systems.

The specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hydrogen fuel cells rely on Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) technology to facilitate the movement of protons between electrodes. This crucial process generates electrical currents that power electric vehicles. The quality and efficiency of PEM technology significantly impact the overall performance and longevity of fuel cells, making its development and enhancement a pivotal focus. Regarding their collaboration, both companies have outlined plans to work together on critical aspects of advancing PEM technology. Their shared objective is to innovate and create an advanced iteration of PEM specifically tailored for the next wave of fuel cells intended for electric commercial vehicles.

Moreover, Hyundai and Kia have expressed active involvement in expanding their footprint within the global fuel cell industry. Their comprehensive approach spans across diverse sectors, encompassing passenger and commercial vehicles, marine vessels, aerospace applications, power generation, and a broader spectrum of fields, showcasing their commitment to fuel cell technology innovation on a global scale.


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