During his state visit to France, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made time for a drive in Hyundai Motor Company’s hydrogen (H2)-powered sport utility vehicle Nexo, in the streets of Paris, in show of support for the local automaker’s fuel cell campaign at home and abroad.
He drove the Nexo – the second all H2 vehicle Hyundai Motor shipped to France – to Alma Square and watched a Tucson H2 taxi refuel with H2. It took just three minutes to fully recharge the car, just a tenth of the time needed to fully charge an electric car. The station was set up by Air Liquide, the French industrial gas supplier.
The carmaker shipped its Tucson H2 fuel-cell cars to France in 2015 and recently exported the Nexo as well. Paris-based electric taxi startup STEP operates 62 Tucson fuel cell taxis in the city, up from five in 2016.
Moon vowed full support for H2 and electric vehicles to ensure Korean leadership in the automobile sector.
Hyundai Motor are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Air Liquide and French energy firm Engie to expand infrastructure for H2 vehicles in France.
In other news, Hyundai Motor Company has been awarded the honorary title ’Red Dot: Brand of the Year 2018’. The title pays tribute to a brand that has created innovative design solutions on a very high level and recognises its design quality and decisiveness in brand management.