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Hyundai, Toyota Form Consortium with NEL, NIKOLA, Air Liquide and Shell to Standardize Hydrogen Fuelling Technology for Hydrogen Vehicles

By March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

To Develop commercial hydrogen fuel filling parts with five global companies

Hyundai Motor Corp., Air Liquide, NEL, NIKOLA, a hydrogen-powered truck manufacturer, and Shell Energy and Petrochemicals Group Shell Shell, and Toyota have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the formation of a global consortium for the development of high-capacity, high-voltage charging components for commercial hydrogen electric vehicles. 

The six consortium partners will work together to accelerate the diffusion of commercial hydrogen electric vehicles and standardize large capacity hydrogen charging technology.

In order to efficiently introduce gaseous hydrogen into a space-limited hydrogen tank, it is necessary to standardize high-pressure (700 bar) charging technology and automobile and charger parts that can withstand this limitation.

Hydrogen electric vehicles such as Hyundai’s Nexo have been standardized for high-pressure (700bar) charging technology and components, but commercial hydrogen cars have not yet met the standards for high-voltage (700bar) high-capacity charging technology and components.

In particular, a commercial vehicle is loaded with a hydrogen tank having a larger capacity than a passenger car, and the total amount of hydrogen to be charged and the amount of hydrogen injected per unit time are larger than those of a passenger car.

The current commercial hydrogen electric vehicle is developed based on passenger car components and takes more than 20 minutes to charge. It is necessary to develop and standardize the charging parts to charge quickly and safely at any charging station.

The consortium is composed of the following parts:

▲ vehicle’s receptacle (hydrogen inlet)

▲ nozzle (connecting with receptacle)

▲ hose (connecting with nozzle)

▲ brake away (filling nozzle parts, It is developed to meet the high-capacity high-pressure hydrogen charging conditions of electric cars and will gradually expand the field to promote international standardization of commercial hydrogen-electric car charging technology.

Hyundai Motor official said, “Commercial hydrogen electric vehicles can effectively meet long-distance operations while effectively meeting exhaust emission regulations and eco-friendly policies,” he said. “Because of the large amount of hydrogen consumed, We can expect to improve it. ” “In order to popularize commercial hydrogen electric vehicles, a consensus has been formed among global hydrogen companies that it is necessary to secure safe and fast charging technology.”