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Spain: NEXO Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology reaches the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation

By September 22, 2020 5   min read  (863 words)

September 22, 2020 |

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Hyundai continues to demonstrate why it is a world leader in hydrogen technology.

Leopoldo Satrústegui , general director of Hyundai Motor Spain, together with Arturo Aliaga , vice president and counselor of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon, has delivered a Hyundai NEXO, the brand’s model powered by a hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV ), to the Hydrogen Foundation of Aragon for informative purposes.

  • Hyundai has delivered the NEXO, a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, to the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation, which will use it for informational purposes within the framework of the European H2PyiR project
  • Arturo Aliaga, vice president of the Government of Aragon, has experimented together with Leopoldo Satrústegui, general director of Hyundai Motor Spain, the innovative technology of the Hyundai NEXO, which only emits water vapor and purifies the air to 99.9%
  • In 2018 the Hyundai NEXO, the maximum example of Hyundai’s technological avant-garde, became the first car registered with a hydrogen fuel cell in Spain

The vice president of Aragon, who is also president of the Hydrogen Foundation of Aragon, has received the Hyundai NEXO at the facilities in the Walqa Technology Park , in Huesca, where he has been able to learn about the pioneering technology of the NEXO: the flagship of the brand and milestone of Hyundai’s commitment to the development of vehicles that respect the environment, which in 2018 became the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle registered in Spain.

Europe has made the decision to clearly bet on hydrogen, which makes clear the success of Aragon when fifteen years ago it started up this Foundation. In fact, we consider the delivery of this vehicle, which coincides with this anniversary, an achievement and a recognition of the efforts of pioneering work; hydrogen will be essential for the decarbonization process.

Arturo AliagaVice President and Minister of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon

The general director of Hyundai Motor Spain, Leopoldo Satrústegui , thanked Aragon and his government for the commitment that, through the Foundation, “ is carrying out an essential work of support and encouragement in the development of infrastructure for the development of hydrogen and which has positioned itself as a strategic community in our country in this matter . ” In addition, he wanted to take advantage of the event to “ reaffirm Hyundai’s commitment as an active part in the transition towards increasingly sustainable mobility, betting on innovation and progress. And there is no better example of all this than the Hyundai NEXO, which only emits water vapor and purifies the air to 99.9%,reducing the pollution produced by particles thanks to its pioneering technology ”.

The arrival of the Hyundai NEXO to the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation is part of the European H2PyiR project, which aims to develop a cross-border corridor of refueling stations for hydrogen vehicles that connects Spain, France and Andorra with central and northern Europe , where the deployment of infrastructures associated with this type of sustainable mobility without emissions is more advanced.

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The Aragón Hydrogen Foundation has worked intensively in recent months within the framework of this project, carrying out, among other actions, the first phase of the technical and aesthetic renovation of the hydrogenerator located at its facilities in the Walqa Technology Park , where the vice president and the CEO of Hyundai verified the charging process of the NEXO, which has a hydrogen tank that recharges in less than five minutes and with a range of more than 600 kilometers, aspects comparable to those of any combustion vehicle.

Also participating in the award ceremony were Javier Arboleda , Service Senior Manager of Hyundai Motor Spain; the general director of Industry and SMEs of the Government of Aragon, Javier Navarro Espada and the managing director of the Fundación Hidrogen Aragón , Fernando Palacín.

Hyundai NEXO: Legacy of Hyundai’s Commitment to Hydrogen

Hyundai Motor is a global pioneer in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology and the first to commercialize fuel cell vehicles in 2013 with the launch of the world’s first commercialized hydrogen powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell.

The Hyundai NEXO is the second generation of the FCEV with a range of 666 kilometers on a single charge (WLTP cycle) emits only clean water vapor and purifies the air while driving, filtering 99.9% of ultrafine particles in the process . The fuel cell, electric motor, battery and hydrogen tanks complement each other to power this Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). When the hydrogen stored in the tanks passes into the fuel cell it breaks down into protons and electrons. The flow of electrons created provides electricity to power the electric motor, while the protons react with oxygen molecules in the air to generate heat and water, the only emission from NEXO.

The Hyundai NEXO is already a reality, for sale in the European market and is part of Hyundai’s eco-strategy. In addition, Hyundai Motor Group recently announced that the group aims to sell 1 million units of battery electric vehicles and achieve a 10 percent share to become a leader in the field of electric vehicles by 2025.

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