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Hyundai says hydrogen cars will help protect jobs
Hyundai is urging manufacturers to produce hydrogen vehicles in order to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs in the supply chain that would otherwise be at risk from a shift to battery-driven electric cars.
Carmakers are striving to produce cleaner vehicles to hit stringent emissions targets that come into force in the EU in 2020, with the bulk of global efforts being poured into battery electric vehicles.
Hyundai, one of the companies backing hydrogen power as an alternative to battery technology, says switching to hydrogen also prevents the destruction of component jobs that would be lost by moving to electric cars.
More than 600,000 jobs in Germany alone are at risk from the switch from internal combustion engine vehicles to battery cars, according to German car industry lobby group VDA, largely because electric vehicles have significantly fewer moving parts.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars, which like electric vehicles also produce zero emissions, have a far higher number of components because the working of a fuel cell engine closely resembles petrol engines. Many of the parts needed can be produced by existing suppliers to the industry.
“Hydrogen technology means people who make internal combustion engines can still have jobs,” said Sae Hoon Kim, Hyundai’s director of fuel cell projects. “We have 300 major suppliers [for the hydrogen car], and most of them are our conventional vehicle suppliers.”
UBS calculated that there are 136 moving parts inside the engine of a VW Golf, compared with 16 for an electric Chevrolet Bolt. Hyundai says about 160 parts are needed for its latest hydrogen car.
The South Korean carmaker has entered a partnership with German group Audi to spread the cost of developing the technology and reach more potential buyers with the technology.
“We have to increase the market for hydrogen, or else we will not have a future,” Mr Kim said.