Fuel cell development: Who's in, who's out

June 21, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fuel cell development: Who's in, who's out
After Daimler and Ford recently agreed to dissolve their JV Fuel Cell Cooperation, also Renault and Nissan are now bidding farewell to the further development of this technology. But the fuel cell has also found new supporters: Audi and Hyundai announced to jointly drive forward the development of mass production.

Audi and Hyundai want to exchange patents on fuel cell technology. It is also intended to grant each other access to non-competitive parts. With these measures, the German-Korean duo aims to get fuel cells ready for mass production faster and more efficiently. In addition, the two partners are planning further cooperation in the development of this sustainable technology.

From Audi's perspective, long ranges (at least longer than BEVs) and short refuelling times with hydrogen make the fuel cell an attractive energy source for electric mobility in the medium and long term. Larger vehicles in particular can benefit from this, as the weight advantages of this energy supply due to their design are particularly noticeable.

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