The forthcoming Ineos Grenadier pickup and 4×4 could be powered by hydrogen thanks to an agreement reached between the manufacturer and Hyundai.
As well as jointly investigating opportunities for the production and supply of hydrogen as well as the deployment of hydrogen applications and technologies, the agreement includes the evaluation of Hyundai’s proprietary hydrogen fuel cell system for the forthcoming Ineos Grenadier.
Hyundai’s proprietary modular fuel cell system, which Grenadier evaluation vehicles will use, has already proven reliable and effective in the Nexo SUV. Hyundai, one of the leading companies in the field of fuel cell technology, started mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles in 2013.
“Ineos’ move into the development of a fuel cell electric vehicle and hydrogen ecosystem marks yet another milestone towards sustainable and clean transportation,” said Saehoon Kim, senior vice president and head of fuel cells at Hyundai. “Hyundai believes this will provide an important low-carbon option across a wide range of sectors. We also hope our decades-long expertise in hydrogen fuel cell work in synergy with Ineos’ expertise in the field of chemistry to realize the mass production of green hydrogen and fuel cells for the Grenadier.”
“The agreement between Ineos and Hyundai presents both companies with new opportunities to extend a leading role in the clean hydrogen economy,” added Peter Williams, Ineos’ technology director. “Evaluating new production processes, technology and applications, combined with our existing capabilities, puts us in a unique position to meet emerging demand for affordable, low-carbon energy sources and the needs of demanding 4×4 owners in the future.”
Ineos recently launched a business to develop and build hydrogen capacity across Europe, and currently produces 300,000 tons of hydrogen a year mainly as a by-product from its chemical manufacturing operations. Through its subsidiary Inovyn, Ineos is Europe’s largest operator of electrolysis, the technology that uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen for power generation, transportation and industrial use.
In 2018, Hyundai announced its mid to long-term roadmap, Fuel Cell Vision 2030, to increase annual production of hydrogen fuel cell systems to 700,000 units by 2030.