Hyundai to boost fuel cell system output 13-fold by 2022

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis Co Ltd plans to increase production capacity of its fuel cell systems mainly used in hydrogen-powered cars by 13 times through 2022, its parent group said on Tuesday.

The parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp aims to raise fuel cell system production to 40,000 units per year by 2022, from 3,000 units at present.

By 2030, Hyundai Motor said it and its suppliers planned to invest 7.6 trillion won ($6.76 billion) in research and development and to expand facilities related to fuel cell systems.

ES Chung, heir apparent of Hyundai Motor Group, on Tuesday attended the ground-breaking ceremony of a fuel cell factory with South Korea’s industry minister.

Chung said Hyundai would lead the hydrogen society as a “first mover”.

The South Korean firm said it would supply fuel cell systems to makers of drones and forklift trucks.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Christopher Cushing