SEOUL - Hyundai Motor Co. said on Thursday it has teamed up with its five international rivals including Ford Motor Co. on a project to develop enhanced fuel systems for fuel cell vehicles.
Hyundai said the team, which also includes Toyota Motor Corp., DaimlerChrysler AG, Nissan Motor Co. and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA, would cooperate in developing high pressure hydrogen fuel systems, capable of storing more compressed gas at vehicles.
"The 700 bar storage pressure will facilitate the design of fuel cell vehicles with a range comparable to the range of petroleum-fueled vehicles," Hyundai said in a statement.
Hyundai said prototype fuel cell vehicles currently use 350 bar compressed hydrogen fuel systems.
The six automakers aim to complete development by January 2004 and commercialize the fuel system by 2005, Hyundai added.