Hyundai Mobis annonces the world’s first mass production of hydrogen parts facility
Hyundai Mobis annonces the world’s first mass production of hydrogen parts facility
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, August 08, 2017
  • Hyundai Motor Group, production base of 3,000 hydrogen electric cars annually ... Domestic 98% of core parts such as fuel cell electrode 
  • Hyundai Motor Group to launch new hydrogen electric car next year, differentiating competitiveness with world's first mass production system 
  • New plant to invest 700 billion Won in Chungju eco-friendly parts production ... Accelerating the era of popularization of hydrogen electric vehicles 

The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group has succeeded in developing the core technologies of hydrogen-powered vehicles, and has been aggressively stepping into a mass production system for components for the first time among global competitors. It is regarded as a bold attempt to preemptively take the lead in the related market where global competition is intense. 

Hyundai Mobis announced on July 9 that it will start construction of an additional plant to manufacture core components for hydrogen electric vehicles within the existing eco-friendly auto parts production complex (110,000 ㎡) located in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province. 

With a total investment of 700 billion yuan, the new plant will be able to produce 3,000 units of  PFC Powertrain Fuelcell Complete Modules, which has 13,000 square meters (4,000 pyeong) It has advanced production facilities. It is the basis for the production of 3,000 hydrogen electric vehicles per year. The Hyundai Automotive Group said the facility is designed to expand production to tens of thousands of units depending on future market demand. 

In addition, Hyundai Mobis has completed the construction of a plant (52,000 ㎡) in 2013, which produces environmentally friendly car parts. 

Innovating proprietary technology and integrating major core parts 

Hydrogen electric vehicle core parts account for 3,000 units, the highest among global competitors. Especially, it is the first case to produce mass production of core parts from system technology to system assembly. Hyundai Mobis is the only company that has established a comprehensive integrated production system for all its core components, while competitors have limited production lines for some of the core parts of hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group has aggressively built a large-scale bulk production system ahead of its competitors in order to build a stable procurement system through component internalization. It is also part of the strategy to secure the initiative in the related market by accelerating the popularization of the hydrogen electric vehicle with reasonable price and enhanced performance by achieving economies of scale early. 

"We will continue to strengthen our position as a global leader in the hydrogen electric vehicle market, which is attracting attention as a next-generation eco-friendly car through aggressive technological development and bold investment in production facilities, and will expand the ecosystem of related parts and materials industry in Korea, "He said. 

The PFC module, which is produced at Hyundai Mobis Chungju new plant, consists of a fuel cell stack (STACK), a drive motor, a power electronic component, and a hydrogen fuel supply device. Among them, the fuel cell stack is a high-tech core product of a hydrogen electric car which acts as a vehicle engine when it is a general internal combustion engine, by generating electricity which is a power source of a vehicle by chemically reacting stored hydrogen and oxygen in the air. 

The fuel cell stack is a major component of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA_Membrane Electrode Assembly), which affects performance such as fuel efficiency and durability. MEA, an important technology-intensive component, is responsible for converting the chemical reaction of oxygen and hydrogen into electrical energy. One fuel cell stack consists of 440 MEAs. Hyundai Motor Group has succeeded in localizing these core parts, which had been dependent on imports so far. Hyundai Mobis will complete production from MEA production to system assembly with hundreds of parts in one production line. 

The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group's proprietary technology, which has been secured in the fuel cell stack sector, which will be a key variable to determine the production capacity of hydrogen-powered electric vehicles and determine market dominance in the future, is expected to greatly improve its performance compared to its predecessor. "The overall weight of the fuel cell system is reduced by 10 percent, and the overall output performance is improved by 15 percent," a Hyundai Mobis official said. The price competitiveness is expected to increase due to technology self-sufficiency and mass production. 

In the future, the existing plant will produce drive motors and electric power electronic components, which are eco-friendly car components, and supply them to new plants. In the new plant, MEA, which is a core component of hydrogen electric vehicles, mass production of fuel cell stacks and PFC modules Completed and sent to the finished car production line. 

As a factory dedicated to high-tech parts of hydrogen electric vehicles, we are also proud of cutting-edge facilities for world-class quality. Hyundai Mobis Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Mobis said, "In addition to periodic reliability tests and various electrical tests in extreme conditions, quality problems are also blocked, such as being transported in dedicated packaging containers and non-vibration vehicles, Factory cleanliness is also tightly controlled to manage such sensitive key components. " 

Hydrogen electric vehicle forecasts 500,000 units in 2025 ... The infrastructure should be expanded and the system should be improved. 

Recently, the recognition that hydrogen electric vehicles are the ultimate eco-friendly vehicles is spreading worldwide. As the market is expected to expand gradually in the future, many global companies are continuing to compete in the hydrogen electric vehicle development competition. 

In fact, a hydrogen electric vehicle is a vehicle that utilizes electricity generated from the process of combining hydrogen injected with fuel with oxygen in the air. It is the ultimate fully pollution-free vehicle that emits only pure water instead of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The hydrogen electric vehicle market is expected to grow rapidly in the future due to its advantages such as high energy efficiency and fast charging time compared to other environmentally friendly vehicles. 

After 2020, specialized agencies expect most automakers to enter the hydrogen electric vehicle market with their own competitiveness. The hydrogen electric car market is expected to enter the growth phase and the market will grow to 500,000 units by 2025. 

As such, as each country is participating in the hydrogen electric vehicle development competition, Japanese companies are promoting the supply of hydrogen electric vehicles at the national level by leading the government's policy support. Based on these competitiveness, the company is threatening competitors with a strategy of taking over market leadership by making full-scale entry into overseas markets. Chinese companies are also making efforts to develop hydrogen electric vehicles with the government's policy support. In January of this year, China announced that it will operate a 5,000-unit hydrogen hydrogen battery stack factory in Guangzhou, and will start mass production of hydrogen-powered cars from 2020 and expand it to 1 million units by 2030. 

"In order to secure favorable position in the global mass production competition, it is important to first achieve economies of scale in the hydrogen electric vehicle market," said Kim Pil Su, professor at the Department of Automotive Science at Daelim University. "To enhance national competitiveness, It is necessary to actively support the policy level, such as expanding the infrastructure and improving the system. "