Hyundai halts hydrogen projects?

Last September Hyundai announced the “Hydrogen Vision 2040” plan, a strategy aimed at making technology ad hydrogen increasingly popular and accessible.

The future framed by the South Korean group was truly ambitious with cars, trucks, rescue vehicles and even entire cities powered by hydrogen. Less than four months later, it appears that the House has suspended all plans not dedicated to pure electrification.

An unsustainable project

As reported by The Chosun Ilbo, Hyundai would have stopped research and development of technologies fuel cell hydrogen of third generation.

According to the South Korean newspaper, a research carried out entirely by the brand would have revealed the impossibility for Hyundai to achieve economic sustainability for projects of this type. In other words, the future envisaged by the “Hydrogen Vision 2040” plan is possible, but it requires many (too many) resources.

Hyundai FK Concept

In reality, Hyundai would not have completely abandoned the idea of ​​hydrogen, but it would be strongly re-evaluating it in light of the small market and a too weak charging infrastructure.

All-in on the electric

A source very close to Hyundai would have revealed to the Korean newspaper that the decision had already been made a month ago and that, in the meantime, its research and development team has been reduced.

The company was working on various hydrogen models, including the Hyundai FK, a prototype unveiled last September with a power of 680 hp and a range of 600 km.

The news comes a few days after the farewell to endothermic engines. The brand, therefore, will stop developing thermal powertrains to focus exclusively onelectrification.

On this point Hyundai has been very clear staring for the 2035 the transition to a fully electric range in Europe. However, given recent developments, the brand could further step up its efforts and be ahead of its time.

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