Hyundai & Kia work with Gore on FC systems for commercial vehicles

Hyundai and Kia, together with the US company W. L. Gore & Associates, are developing membranes for fuel cell systems that will later be used in hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles.

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The US materials technology company W. L. Gore & Associates – Gore for short – is a Newark-based specialist for products made from fluoropolymers. Gore is known, among other things, for the development of waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabrics. The cooperation with Hyundai and Kia will cover key aspects of PEM development. PEM stands for proton exchange membrane, a core element of fuel cells.

Specifically, a hydrogen fuel cell uses the PEM to conduct protons between two electrodes. The membrane blocks the direct connection of incoming hydrogen and oxygen gases, enabling the selective conduction of protons, which in turn generate an electric current to power the vehicle.

“PEM technology plays a crucial role in determining the performance and durability of the fuel cell system,” says Hyundai. The aim is to develop an advanced PEM for next-generation fuel cell commercial vehicles. The main focus will be on improving performance and durability.

Both sides already know each other well. Hyundai Motor, Kia and Gore have been working together in the field of fuel cells for over 15 years, according to the statement. Building on this, they now want to focus on the joint development of an optimised fuel cell system for commercial vehicles.

“We are entering the next chapter of our partnership with Gore,” said Chang Hwan Kim, Head of Battery Development and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development at Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation. “By leveraging the 15 years of collaboration, we will acquire advanced fuel cell technology and lead the fuel cell electric vehicle market, accelerating the movement towards a sustainable future.”

“We look forward to advancing our long-standing partnership with Hyundai Motor and Kia,” said Michelle Augustine, Gore Clean Energy Business Group Leader. “Leveraging our advanced PEM technology solutions, we will work together with Hyundai Motor and Kia to enable them to deliver fuel cell vehicles that provide a performance and cost advantage to consumers.”


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