There aren’t a lot of automakers producing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Only three, in the US market at least. And one of them has turned to Israeli tech to help it get an edge over the other two.
Hyundai has invested in H2Pro, a new company working on not just using hydrogen, but producing it in a more efficient way.
H2Pro’s innovative E-TAC (electrochemical, thermally active chemical) water-splitting technology aims to increase the efficiency of hydrogen production from its current level of 75 percent to an impressive 98.7 percent. According to the South Korean automaker, “H2Pro’s technology will allow Hyundai to lower the cost of hydrogen production, which will in turn reduce the price of hydrogen for customers.”
Hyundai produces the Nexo (pictured), a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell crossover, as the successor to the previous Tucson/iX35 fuel-cell vehicle and a competitor to the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai.
H2Pro is an offshoot of the Technion, Israel’s technology institute based in Haifa, and was founded earlier this year by Dr. Hen Dotan and Professors Gideon Grader and Avner Rothschild. Hyundai forged a partnership with the Technion and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) over two years ago, and launched its second CRADLE tech-investment office worldwide in Tel Aviv this time last year.
“Israel is a superpower in the development of automotive technologies and Hyundai sees huge potential for Israeli startups to complement the company’s global automotive strategy,” said director Ruby Chen at the opening of CRADLE Tel Aviv. “Hyundai has already identified dozens of Israeli startups with the potential to help us achieve our goal to introduce smart, autonomous, green and accessible transportation solutions that are accessible to everyone around the world.”