Hyundai Motor Group senior vice chairman Chung Eui-sun has introduced the group’s future car and mobility visions to U.S. governors at a reception in Washington, D.C.
More than 140 VIPs including about 30 U.S. governors attended the reception for the Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association held at the residence of Korean ambassador the U.S. on Feb. 8 (local time).
The U.S. governors included Larry Hogan, chairman of the association and governor of Maryland.
Chung emphasized Hyundai Motor Group's determination to innovate future cars and mobility. The group exhibited its hydrogen electric vehicle “Nexo” at the entrance to the embassy and demonstrated its air purifying function. The automaker showed the governors how polluted air contained in a transparent balloon connected to the Nexo’s air inlet is cleaned through a three-stage air purification system before entering a balloon connected to the exhaust pipe.
Chung discussed the group’s vision for a hydrogen society with the governors and outlined Hyundai Motor’s efforts to expand the supply of the hydrogen fuel cell system in the United States. Chung and the governors also discussed mobility innovation such as autonomous driving, mobility services and urban air mobility (UAM).
Last year, Hyundai Motor Group decided to set up a US$4 billion autonomous driving joint venture in the United States with Aptiv, which has the world's best self-driving software technology. In addition, it has recently forged a strategic alliance with Uber on urban aviation mobility (UAM) and is expanding its mobility business, including car sharing, mainly in Los Angeles.
The National Governors Association Meeting is a meeting of 50 U.S. governors and 5 governors of self-governing dominions of the United States held twice a year to discuss interstate government policy issues and interact with movers and shakers from around the world.