Hyundai Mobis has completed development of core parts for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and started the world’s first mass-production.
Hyundai Mobis said on March 6 that it has started producing FCEV drive motors, power electronics, lithium battery packages and fuel cell integrated modules. These core parts are mounted on Hyundai Motor’s Tucson iX, a kind of hydrogen FCEV which has been in full production since the end of last month. A source from Hyundai Mobis explained, “The world’s leading part suppliers have not yet succeeded in mass-production of core FCEV parts. We’ve made it in five years after we started developing technologies for environment-friendly vehicles such as hybrid cars and electric cars.”
These parts play a pivotal role in hydrogen FCEV. To drive a hydrogen FCEV, you have to supply hydrogen fuel. Then, the fuel cell integrated module generates electricity, drives the motor, supplies power to various electronics and stores it in batteries through electronic power components.
In detail, the company’s 100-kw high-capacity and high-speed drive motor generates a maximum of 134 horsepower and drives the car at a maximum of 160km/h. This is a great improvement compared to the 41-horsepower motors mounted on the existing hybrid cars, and not quite different from the gasoline engines for semi-medium size cars. The company has also gained price competitiveness by not using expensive rare earth permanent magnets.