Hyundai to develop hydrogen-powered construction equipment

Hyundai Construction Equipment and Hyundai Motor Group are joining forces to develop hydrogen-powered construction equipment, which they say will be the world’s first.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2019, Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Mobis will design and manufacture hydrogen fuel cell systems, including power packs, while Hyundai Construction Equipment will design, manufacture, and evaluate the performance of excavators and forklifts.

The target date for mass production and distribution has been set to 2023.

Unlike conventional diesel engine-based equipment, hydrogen-based electric construction equipment uses electricity produced through the chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen as its power source, meaning no emissions of toxic gases into the air.

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