Initially, the agreement will see Hyundai provide Audi with parts and know-how generated from the development of the hydrogen iX35 Fuel Cell and the all-new Nexo. Additionally, Audi will have Hyundai FCEV parts supply chain at its fingertips.
The multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement also covers Kia and Audi’s parent company Volkswagen, giving all of these automakers access to each other’s technology. While the duration of the agreement hasn’t been disclosed, the companies say the partnership will elevate their respective presences in the FCEV market and help push forward the technology.
“This agreement is another example of Hyundai’s strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future whilst enhancing consumers’ lives with hydrogen-powered vehicles, the fastest way to a truly zero-emission world,” Hyundai vice chairman Euisun Chung said.
“We are confident that the Hyundai Motor Group-Audi partnership will successfully demonstrate the vision and benefits of FCEVs to the global society.”
Board member for technical development at Audi, Peter Mertens, added to this by saying partnerships are needed to further hydrogen vehicles.
“The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future.”
While Hyundai has already brought hydrogen models to the market, Audi is still working on its first and intends on launching it as a small series production model at the beginning of next decade. It will take the form of a sporty SUV.