This week, Hyundai have announced that they’re opening a second plant dedicated to the manufacturing of fuel-cell systems, increasing its annual production from the current 3,000 units up to 40,000 annually by 2022. This comes after Hyundai announced their growing interest in fuel-cell’s being used outside of cars and SUV’s and instead focusing on other potential uses.
This increase in production comes from a plan Hyundai are calling the FCEV Vision 2030, the plan highlights the parent company’s “commitment to accelerate the development of a hydrogen society.” As of 2030, the Hyundai Motor Group are aiming to produce 700,000 fuel-cell systems annually, dividing them between commercial and personal fuel-cell EV’s as well as leaving 200,000 units specifically for “other uses”. These “other uses” comprise of fuel-cell drones, vessels, forklifts and other uses outside of transport, such as power generation and energy storage.
Hyundai sees a lot of potential in hydrogen fuel-cell technology. And it may find success with it by looking well past cars and SUVs