Hyundai and Audi have entered a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement covering a range of fuel cell electric vehicle components and technologies. The two OEMs will conduct joint efforts in the development of FCEVs – but the agreement also covers both partners’ affiliates, including Kia and Volkswagen.
The partnership will leverage collective R&D capabilities in fuel cell technology, and the agreement also includes mutual access to fuel cell components. As an initial part of the agreement, Hyundai will provide Audi with access to parts based on the expertise accumulated during the development of Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell and the Nexo.
Audi, which is responsible for fuel cell development within the Volkswagen Group, will also benefit from Hyundai’s FCEV parts supply chain.
“This agreement is another example of Hyundai’s strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future while enhancing consumers’ lives with hydrogen-powered vehicles, the fastest way to a truly zero-emission world,” said Eui-sun Chung, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We are confident that the Hyundai Motor Group-Audi partnership will successfully demonstrate the vision and benefits of FCEVs to global society.”
“The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future,” added Peter Mertens, board member for technical development at Audi.
“On our FCEV roadmap, we are joining forces with strong partners such as Hyundai. For a breakthrough in sustainable technology, cooperation is the best way to achieve innovations with attractive cost structures.”
Hyundai and Audi have also agreed to explore opportunities for further collaboration. This next step will aim to lead industry standards in fuel cell technology as well as accelerate FCEV development and promote technology innovation.