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Hyundai's hydrogen JV with Swiss firm sets sail

All News 09:43 September 26, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's biggest carmaker, said Thursday that its joint venture (JV) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy AG has been officially launched as it looks to expand its presence in Europe's environment-friendly commercial car market.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HMM) was held in Gosgen, Switzerland, on Wednesday (local time), according to the carmaker.

Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy signed an agreement in April to set up the JV. HMM aims to sell 1,600 hydrogen-powered trucks in Switzerland and other European nations by 2025.

In its first move, HMM signed a partnership with Hydrospider AG, a joint venture of H2 Energy, Alpiq AG and Linde AG, to run a hydropower plant in Switzerland for hydrogen generation, Hyundai Motor said.

"Through this partnership between Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and Hydrospider, Hyundai Motor will offer its fuel cell electric trucks in a specially designed ecosystem," said Lee In-cheol, head of the commercial vehicle division at Hyundai Motor.

Officials from Hyundai Motor Co., H2 Energy AG, Linde AG and Alpiq AG pose for a photo at Alpiq's hydrogen power plant in Gosgen, Switzerland, on Sept. 25, 2019, in this photo provided by Hyundai Motor. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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