Audi And Hyundai Announce Partnership To Develop Fuel Cell Technology


Both companies will team up for the development and share patents to lead fuel cell vehicle market; Audi’s first fuel cell vehicle will come out by the end of 2020

Pollution is one of the important problems we face in this modern era. The number of cars, bike and commercial vehicles is increasing day by day to full fill our needs and most of them are powered by either petrol or diesel engines which produces lots of harmful gases and damaging our eco-system. Most of the governments are taking different initiatives to reduce pollution.

The manufacturers are moving away from combustion engines to hybrid model and then to electric vehicles. But there is one another technology which is even more cleaner and efficient than EVs, which is fuel cell vehicles but they are not popular among customers as the number of hydrogen fuel filling stations are limited as the infrastructure cost is very expensive.

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Hyundai-Nexo-FCV-3Like EVs, which were expensive earlier are considerably cheaper now as more manufacturers began to make these batteries.  But the number of manufacturers taking initiatives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is very low which is why the technology is not yet main stream.

Hyundai and Audi announced a new partnership to develop fuel cell technology. The new partnership will boost interest among policy makers which eventually attract more investment and lowering the cost. Both companies will team up for the development and share patents to lead fuel cell vehicle market. Audi is planning to launch its first fuel cell vehicle by the end of 2020 while Hyundai already has ix35 crossover.

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Hyundai-Nexo-FCV-2Audi and Hyundai are not the only manufacturers in fuel cell business as Toyota has Mirai and Honda has clarity which began its sales last year. But all these vehicles are available as leasing only as customers can’t buy it for themselves. The Korean and German manufacturer is expecting government to support fuel cell vehicles with investments for filling stations.

The bi-product of hydrogen fuel cell cars in vapour,which is not harmful to atmosphere and they can be re-filled within minutes like normal diesel or petrol, they also give similar range like combustion engines. The problem with EVs is that charging time is really high and range is still a concern. If hydrogen fuel cell technology reaches common consumers, then it will vastly reduce pollution.