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Hyundai wants to mass-produce a hydrogen internal combustion engine by 2025 – but the unit will not be used in cars for the time being.
There are still many question marks when it comes to hydrogen propulsion.
Can he actually prevail at some point?
And if so – in what form?
As a fuel cell or as a hydrogen combustion engine?
At least in the case of fuel cells, experts such as the renowned Fraunhofer Institute doubt that they have any real chances in the passenger car sector.
The head of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Stefan Bratzel, takes a similar view.
The biggest construction sites currently include the still thin H2 filling station infrastructure (which is, however, still being expanded) and the relatively high price of hydrogen.
With the Nexo, the South Korean carmaker Hyundai already has a fuel cell vehicle in series production.
And things should also happen soon with the hydrogen combustion engine – but not in the passenger car sector for the time being.
Hydrogen combustion engine: Hyundai wants to mass-produce the unit from 2025
According to the hydrogenfuelnews.com
Hyundai Doosan Infracore intends to start series production of a hydrogen internal combustion engine by 2025 – albeit for commercial vehicles.
According to the report, the engine should deliver 300 kW (402 hp) and generate a torque of 1,700 Nm at 2000 rpm.
The hydrogen combustion engines are to be installed in medium-sized to large commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and construction machinery - it should also be possible to operate electricity generators with them.
Hyundai already has trucks with fuel cells in series production – one even drives in Germany.
Hyundai is working on a hydrogen combustion engine – but it will initially be used in commercial vehicles.
Hydrogen combustion engine: Some car manufacturers are tinkering with the technology
There are also approaches for hydrogen combustion engines in passenger cars - Ford, for example, has had such a solution patented.
And Yamaha is also developing a hydrogen V8 for Toyota.
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Hydrogen combustion engine: does it have a chance in the passenger car sector?
Opinions about hydrogen as a drive type for passenger cars are currently very different.
While manufacturers such as Audi or Volvo are putting their all into battery-electric vehicles, BMW, for example, sees great potential in hydrogen.
In fact, according to a survey, many Germans want hydrogen as the drive type of the future.
Hyundai is also convinced of the success of the hydrogen drive.
"We expect that the hydrogen drive will prevail in the long term," said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Deutschland GmbH, which organizes the sale of Hyundai vehicles from Offenbach.
"This will happen top-down, i.e. from large vehicles to smaller ones." It is not yet clear whether and when a hydrogen combustion engine will accompany fuel cell vehicles in the passenger car sector.
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