Hyundai introduced dedicated fuel cell brand HTWO
The South Korean automaker unveils a new brand HTWO, which will produce power units based on hydrogen fuel cells.
Hyundai has introduced a new HTWO brand, under which the Koreans will develop technologies and produce power units based on hydrogen fuel cells. The name HTWO is a transcription of the designation of the hydrogen molecule - "H2", and also gives a reference to the English word "Humanity".
Hyundai said it is developing next-generation hydrogen systems that will be used in a wide variety of vehicles, including so-called "flying cars", passenger cars, water vessels, and trains. At the initial stage, the HTWO project will primarily focus on South Korea, the United States, Europe, and China.
At the moment, Hyundai is serially producing the Nexo hydrogen crossover. In addition, in October 2020, the Koreans announced the start of European shipments of the Xcient model, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell heavy truck. The pilot batch of cars was handed over to customers in Switzerland.
The Hyundai Xcient is nearly 10 meters long and is powered by a hydrogen propulsion system with two fuel cell traction batteries, each generating 95 kilowatts (129 hp). The truck is equipped with seven fuel tanks, which together can hold up to 32 kg of liquefied hydrogen. The vehicle's power reserve is about 400 km, and refueling will take from 8 to 20 minutes.
In the past few years, Hyundai has launched several separate brands that specialize in a particular product. So, at the end of 2015, the Genesis brand was introduced, under which premium cars are produced. In 2020, the automaker organized the Ioniq sub-brand, which unified the company's electric cars, and also announced the establishment of the New Horizons Studio division, which will develop vehicles with maximum cross-country ability.