Hydrogen Energy Makes a Comeback in Vehicle Conversations at CES 2024
While electric vehicles continue to dominate the spotlight at CES 2024, hydrogen energy has quietly reemerged as a contender, thanks to the efforts of two automotive giants.
Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, showcased its plans for harnessing hydrogen energy at the renowned tech and gadget show in Las Vegas.
In addition to developing vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, Hyundai expressed its intention to expand into energy production, storage, and transportation, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a "hydrogen society." José Muñoz, President and Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Co., believes that hydrogen energy is not only technologically feasible but will also become economically viable in the future.
Bosch Mobility, an automotive supplier, also made waves at CES 2024 by announcing its upcoming launch of a hydrogen combustion engine. This significant step forward is expected to play a crucial role in reducing global carbon emissions caused by human activities.
Both Hyundai and Bosch have been encouraged by the investments made in hydrogen infrastructure development, including the substantial $7 billion injection from the U.S. government.
In addition to the hydrogen energy buzz, CES 2024 showcased other exciting developments in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Honda unveiled two concept vehicles, the "Saloon" and "Space-Hub," as part of its Zero Series approach to EV development. Honda aims to create EV models that are "thin, light, and wise," with a focus on minimizing battery size and weight.
Kia, on the other hand, introduced a trio of electric vans capable of quickly swapping body modules for various purposes, such as cargo hauling and taxi services. Production of these versatile vans is set to begin in South Korea in 2025.
Vietnam-based electric upstart VinFast also made its mark at CES 2024 with the unveiling of an electric truck concept called the VF Wild. This mid-size truck showcases VinFast's commitment to sustainable transportation solutions.
In terms of in-car technology,
Mercedes-Benz showcased updates to its infotainment systems, including a new AI-powered virtual assistant designed to personalize interactions between drivers and their vehicles.
The AI will be integrated with functions related to automated driving, seating comfort, data displays, and charging. While Mercedes focuses on enhancing its proprietary in-car ecosystems, other automakers are forging partnerships with Google to pre-install popular apps like Google Maps and Assistant in their vehicles.
Google announced collaborations with Nissan, Lincoln (Ford Motor's luxury brand), and others for this year, with Porsche following suit in 2025. Even Mercedes-Benz is incorporating Google apps into its own technology.
Lastly, Honda shared its plans for the future development of solid-state batteries, a crucial component for the mass commercialization of battery-powered EVs. Solid-state batteries are known for their stability and potential for increased power. Honda aims to apply solid-state batteries to its Zero Series vehicles by the late 2020s.
Toyota has also joined the race, partnering with Japanese oil company Idemitsu to advance solid-state battery production.
- Hyundai and Bosch showcase their plans for hydrogen energy at CES 2024
- Honda unveils its Zero Series approach to EV development, focusing on thin and light models
- Kia introduces electric vans with interchangeable body modules for various purposes
Source: AP NEWS