D.C., USA: The United States Department of Energy
has announced that Hyundai Motor Co. will receive government
funding to further its fuel cell vehicle research and
development in a five-year demonstration program.
primary goal of the first phase of this five-year project
is to demonstrate a fleet fuelling site and educate key
audiences about hydrogen as a potential vehicle fuel.
In addition, important safety and legal codes and standards
for hydrogen refuelling technologies will be developed
in conjunction with the U.S. federal government and other
authorities. Chevron Texaco, the U.S.'s second-largest
energy company, and UTC Fuel Cells, a leader in fuel cell
production and development for commercial transportation
and space applications, join Hyundai in leading the demonstration
initial focus of the project will be on California where
hydrogen is an important, emerging part of the state's
energy. Chevron Texaco will build up to six hydrogen-refuelling
stations in the Southern California area powering a fleet
of Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FCHEV).
The demonstration program will drive the state one step
closer to implementing a practical, business-based hydrogen
energy infrastructure and associated technologies.
in 1967, the Hyundai Automotive Group employs nearly 50,000
people worldwide and its vehicles are sold in 166 countries.