Posts Tagged ‘hyundai motor group’

Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor Find New Ways to Store Energy

Friday, September 17th, 2021
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Here’s an interesting story. With all of the automotive technology and startups in the world, there is a lot of potential for electric vehicles and even self-driving vehicles in the very near future. Some automakers, Kia Corp and Hyundai Motor and Co included (the Group) have been pushing the envelope to go a step further for some time now with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Now, the Group is working on clean, free energy. Or at least, that’s how it seems. The below project sounds very reminiscent of a certain clean energy project pulled off by a certain Japanese automaker, Hitachi Europe LTD, and ENGIE, the largest natural gas distribution network in Europe. There’s nothing like some healthy competition.

Like the aforementioned project, this takes three players – OCI Solar Power, one of the largest utility-scale solar energy developers in Texas; CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned, fully-integrated electric and natural gas utility; and the Hyundai Motor Group, a South Korean multinational automotive group that consists primarily of the Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to use recycled electric vehicle (EV) batteries and use them as devices for energy storage. Yep, very familiar.

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Kia and Hyundai Introduce Hydrogen Vision 2040

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
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It wasn’t too long ago that Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) entered into an agreement with the Next Hydrogen Corporation to work towards the development of a new “Electrolyzer Stack” to design and produce a new hydrogen fuel cell for future Kia and Hyundai vehicles, as well as other machines. At the Hydrogen Wave global online forum held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the Hyundai Motor Group announced its plans to popularize hydrogen by 2040, a business strategy called “Hydrogen Vision 2040”. The goal is simple – Hydrogen energy available to ‘Everyone, Everything and Everywhere’.

“Hyundai Motor Group’s vision is to apply hydrogen energy in all areas of life and industry such as our homes, work-places and factories. The goal is to make hydrogen readily used for everyone, everything, and everywhere…We want to offer practical solutions for the sustainable development of humanity and with these breakthroughs, we aim to help foster a worldwide Hydrogen Society by 2040.” – Chairman Chung at the Hydrogen Wave online global forum

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Kia and Hyundai Hit 200,000 EV Sales Milestone in Europe

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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Kia Corp has gone through a number of changes over the last few years – making the swept-back roof a cornerstone of vehicle design, a new Kia logo, and changing from Kia Motors to Kia Corp – the automaker shows no signs of slowing down as it continues to work towards its next goal of an all-electric vehicle lineup. It’s all a part of the Kia Plan S Strategy to dominate the electric vehicle (EV) market by 2025. As popularity for Kia and EVs grow, parent company Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp will hit new milestones. 2021 already marks one milestone, with a sale of over 200,000 EV units to date.

Hyundai and Kia have been selling electric vehicles since 2014, and the two have rarely ever experienced a slow down or lack of interest. The two automakers topped 10,000 units in 2017 when combining their sales in Europe alone, and in 2021 have already gone far past 100,000 units. Since the release of EVs from Hyundai and Kia, both under Hyundai Motor Group, a combined 227,919 EVs have been sold in the European auto market. 96,200 units come from Kia Corp. Although we still have several months to go in 2021, Hyundai and Kia have sold 43,865 EVs as of May – that’s a 99.5-percent increase from 2020.

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Kia and Hyundai Enter New Agreement with Next Hydrogen

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
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Kia Corp and the Hyundai Motor Group have been very busy with their flying car hailing service. After the initial wave of the pandemic in 2020, Kia Corp and Hyundai started to focus on purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The other plan was to focus more on electric vehicles (EVs), and although Kia keeps releasing new EVs, like the Kia EV6 and upcoming Kia EV8.We haven’t heard much about PBVs but the two groups have been working on one other plan in the making – a fleet of aircrafts people can hail versus a car. Last month, June 2021, Kia and Hyundai went into an agreement with ANRA Technologies, a company focused on airspace solutions. Now to keep moving forward, Hyundai, Kia, and Next Hydrogen for multiple hydrogen fuel cell solutions, including  urban air mobility (UAM).

“Next Hydrogen’s innovative water electrolysis stack design technology is an ideal solution for enabling the economical production of green hydrogen…We are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to work with Kia and Hyundai Motor, given their industry leadership as champions of this technology. This partnership is expected to accelerate efforts to address the incredible emerging opportunities in sustainable transportation globally.” – Raveel Afzaal, President and CEO of Next Hydrogen

The Next Hydrogen Corporation is a Canadian company specializing in water electrolysis technology, with efforts on working towards a global hydrogen society through cost-effective production of clean hydrogen. At the moment, producing hydrogen is expensive, and the three companies are working on a new stack for hydrogen production. It’s all in the name of HTWO, a new brand revealed by the Hyundai Motor Group. This group is designed to be the world-leading hydrogen fuel cell system. With the help of Next Hydrogen, the goal is to develop the next-generation hydrogen fuel cell system that will be able to power various forms of mobility – automobiles, vessels, trains, and beyond.

So, what is a “stack”? The term has popped up quite a bit so far. When it comes to producing hydrogen, many companies use what is called an “Electrolyzer Stack”. The simplest way to get a hold of hydrogen is through a method known as “electrolysis”, which as the name implies, makes use of electricity. With the help of an electrolyzer, companies can produce hydrogen and oxygen from regular good ol’ water by applying an electrical current to the fluid. The electrolyzer makes use of this electrochemical reaction to separate the oxygen and hydrogen molecules to deconstruct water. We’re then left with two gases, one of which is already used in internal gas combustion engines – oxygen. The hydrogen can then be utilized to power an entire fuel cell stack – kind of like how electricity powers a battery cell. See where this is going?

With the current semiconductor chip shortage, producing electric vehicles is starting to hit a tipping point. Until things get back to normal, which may never be the case, automakers are looking into other avenues to keep afloat and produce green vehicles. The process sounds simple, but if it was, everyone would have a hydrogen-powered car by now. That’s why Kia, Hyundai Motor, and Next Hydrogen are working towards the next new hydrogen fuel cell stack.Want to stay on top of news from Kia and Hyundai Motor? Follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.

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An In-Depth Look at the New E-GMP Platform

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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We’re finally in the final days of 2020, and everyone is hoping for a HappIER New Year for 2021. This just wasn’t the year we were expecting. There are some interesting things happening in the automotive world amidst all the madness. In early December, Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), also known as The Group, also known as the automotive group that Kia Motors belongs to, HMG unveiled its new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform for future vehicles. Building a fully-dedicated system for upcoming and new electric vehicles is not only a step in the right direction for streamlining electric vehicle (EV) production, but also opens up a whole new lineup of EVs. After all, why invest in a BEV platform if there are no plans to use it?

“Today our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments…With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.” – Albert Biermann, President and Head of R&D Division for Hyundai Motor Group

Standardization is a Key Strategy

As we mentioned, having a dedicated BEV platform allows for quicker production of BEVs and EVs going forward. With the E-GMP, The Group suspects that the platform will be flexible enough for sedans, SUVs and even crossovers, with a high-performance model able to accelerate from 0-60 mph under 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. Now that is some powerful stuff for an electric vehicle.

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HMG and Kia Motors Have a New Dedicated BEV Platform

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
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Alternative fuel vehicles are slowly popping up from just about every automaker these days. To not realize that plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) are not the face of the future is a fantasy only oil companies believe in. Sure, fossil fuels were made over millions of years ago from decaying plant matter under tons of pressure, but one day it will run out. Of course, lithium and cobalt, and how we recycle these materials is another issue to address but going electric will eventually be an option many automakers must face. Others have been going in full-tilt for years now, and with Kia Motors testament to becoming the next all-electric automaker, it’s going to need a little help from its parent automotive group, the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), also known as The Group. Recently, The Group revealed a brand-new electric platform for its next generation of battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

BEVs and EVs are basically the same thing, so don’t get confused. Why some automakers felt the need to add “battery”, unsure, but the E-GMP will be the first dedicated BEV platform to come from HMG. The full name for this platform is Electric-Global Modular Platform and was revealed during a digital event to keep in line with social distancing of a post-pandemic world. Whether this new platform makes up the foundation of Kia Motors first all-electric vehicle (that has no predecessor), the Kia Futuron, is uncertain. However, HMG states that the E-GMP will become the platform for all new BEVs, starting in 2021.

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Hyundai and Kia Motors Work with NVIDIA on New AI System

Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group as a whole have been working on developing and integrating the next big thing in terms of automotive technology. Alternative fuel systems have more than a decade to stand on, and self-driving cars are still in the testing rounds. Before we see mass-produced vehicles that drive themselves, perhaps putting smart devices in vehicles is the first step to take. Many vehicles have made use of Amazon’s Alexa smart device to help consumers stay connected to their vehicles, and for the past few years, Kia Motors has hinted at equipping vehicles with artificial intelligence. Now, the newest partnership between the Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA, all future Hyundai and Kia models will come equipped with a “connected car” infotainment system and AI platform.

“NVIDIA brought consumer electronic functionality and a graphics-rich user interface to infotainment systems more than a decade ago…Now, we are once again transforming these systems through the power of AI, helping Hyundai Motor Group increase safety and value, along with enhancing customer satisfaction, throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.” – Ali Kani, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles at NVIDIA

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Kia and Hyundai Join IONITY to Expand EV Charging Network

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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While Kia Motors has been showing off the new generation of the Kia Sorento for the 2021 model year and the insane performance skills of the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Quick note – the Kia K5 is also entering a new generation of the model, hence the name change – actually, it’s the name the K5 was always known by in its country of origin, South Korea. Alright, so while the automaker has been placing the spotlight on its new models, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (and subsidiaries), collectively known as The Group, have been working together for new technology endeavors, such as opening a new development hub for mobility tech, and cooperating with outside sources, such as joining forces with New Horizons Studio. Now, a new joint venture will help build and operate a network of high-powered EV charging stations across Europe to expand not only EV sales and popularity, but also reduce drivers’ worry about needing to find a charging station, a major drawback for first-time EV drivers. The Group and IONITY are working together to create a network that uses 100-percent renewable energy.

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Hyundai Motor Group Holds Fifth Mobility Innovators Forum

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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2020 has been quite the year for the economy. Many industries have taken quite the hit, but some are starting to bounce back. One industry, the automotive industry, is looking for new ways to bring the economy back but also their sales. One of those ways is to partner up with technology groups and startups to share ideas and resources so that they can meet shared goals. One of those goals is a world of personal mobility – many automakers are looking towards an ecosystem of mobility, like the concepts envisioned during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (2020 CES), Kia Motors and Hyundai had a very creative vision for the future of mobility. At the end of October 2020, Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) will be hosting the fifth Mobility Innovators Forum (MIF) to discuss the human-centered mobility reality.

The fifth MIF will be virtually hosted by Hyundai CRADLE Silicon Valley from October 29 to 30, and will be expanding last year’s discussion on taking the steps needed to make personal mobility the next age of the auto industry. It seems like every few years, the automotive industry is looking for something different or new to move not only the industry but the consumer forward – alternative fuel types, self-driving vehicles, augmented reality, virtual assistants, and eventually aircraft hailing and purpose-built-vehicle types – it’s becoming a crazy and interesting world. This year, speakers will be hosting in-depth discussions on the benefits and challenges of creating an impactful yet successful business that makes use of all of these technologies.

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Kia Motors and HMG Open New Development Hub for Mobility Tech

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
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Running a successful business takes a lot of knowledge, experience, and strategy. Knowing when to cut your losses and when to expand are two very important decisions that can make or break a company, especially in this economy. As we all try to move forward, every industry will find its struggles, but the auto industry has been like a train – full speed ahead! New concepts, technology, and new partnerships have been popping up everywhere. With many names in the auto industry working towards a mobility ecosystem where anyone anywhere can get access to public or private transportation, Kia Motors and the Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) celebrate the groundbreaking announcement of the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS), a center focused on the automotive group’s future mobility research and development.

“HMGICS is a major step forward for Hyundai Motor. The facility is the first of its kind in the world. It will pave the way for more Korean companies to invest here, partner with local suppliers and SMEs, and collaborate with our universities and research institutes…Singapore’s goal is to have all our vehicles run on cleaner energy by 2040, in line with our Paris Agreement commitments. We hope this will open up new growth areas for our economy, and create exciting jobs for Singaporeans.” – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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