Hyundai Motor Company has signed a multilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with public and private parties from Korea and the Czech Republic to support establishing a hydrogen mobility ecosystem in the Central European country.
At the signing ceremony, Hyundai Motor was joined by the Czech hydrogen association, Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP); Korea’s public-private consultative body for hydrogen, H2KOREA; and other companies from Korea and the Czech Republic, including Hyundai Glovis Co., Zebra Group and ORLEN Unipetrol of the Czech Republic as well as Spolchemie. The signing ceremony was also attended by ministry officials from Korea and the Czech Republic.
The agreement reflects the parties’ shared view that hydrogen will play a vital role in the paradigm shift to an eco-friendly, reliable and economically viable energy source. As part of the multilateral agreement, Hyundai Motor will support the supply and development of fuel cell systems, driving information exchange on the hydrogen industry, establishing a hydrogen distribution and charging infrastructure, and developing and demonstrating hydrogen production technologies.
The MoU is expected to help accelerate the establishment of a hydrogen ecosystem in the Central European country by leading the collaboration on the hydrogen industry’s whole process and value chain. The proof of concept (PoC) operation of hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles in the Czech Republic is expected to help gauge the demand and feasibility of hydrogen mobility businesses in the country as well.
Hyundai Motor will also help establish the infrastructure to expand the supply of hydrogen energy and mobility in the Czech Republic. The company will share its expertise and insights from building and operating hydrogen refueling stations in Korea and support technologies related to the stations in collaboration with H2KOREA.
The associations and companies participating in the MoU agreed to conduct joint feasibility studies for a co-development of technologies and demonstration projects for hydrogen production using low-carbon energy sources.
Hyundai Glovis will support logistics, including hydrogen distribution between hydrogen suppliers and refueling stations and transportation of hydrogen commercial vehicle parts and assembly equipment.
The Czech Republic is accelerating the transition to eco-friendly mobility as the automotive industry is a national core business. The country introduced the National Action Plan for Clean Mobility in 2020. Through this initiative, the country aims to introduce as many as 50,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030 as part of the government’s plan to foster a hydrogen industry as part of a longer-term roadmap throughout 2050.