With more than 20 years of development in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Hyundai Motor was one of the first manufacturers to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commercially available.
Establishing a dedicated research team in 1998, the South Korean car giant’s first step towards whole hydrogen vehicle development was the Project Mercury collaboration between Hyundai and United Technologies Corporation (UTC).
A number of vehicles were developed during the collaboration, with system improvements in powertrain performance and increasing range capabilities culminating in the final vehicle, Mercury II. This was based on the JM Tucson platform with an 80kW fuel cell system, 337km range and the ability to start from temperatures as low as -20oC.
In 2000, Hyundai also launched the Polaris project in conjunction with the Korean Government’s G7 Project. The G7 Project was an initiative to help close the technological gap that existed between Korea and other advanced countries, specifically in the field of eco-innovation.
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