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Hyundai Motor to establish Hydrogen Energy Fund with Chinese R&D institute

Hyundai and Yield Capital’s Hydrogen Energy fund aims to raise US$100 million

Hyundai Motor has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Beijing-Tsinghua Industrial R&D Institute (BTIRDI) to jointly establish a Hydrogen Energy Fund.

Under this agreement, the South Korean automaker and its Chinese counterpart expect to strengthen their influence in the hydrogen ecosystem whilst accelerating the advent of a ‘hydrogen society’.

The Hydrogen Energy Fund will be jointly operated by Hyundai Motor and Yield Capital, BTIRDI’s investment firm, with a goal to raise a total of US$100 million. The fund aims to attract investments from leading venture capital firms based in China, Europe, and the US.

The bi-national initiative’s primary objective is to spur investment in the hydrogen industry and value chain while also fostering growth of promising start-ups in China and Korea. More specifically, the fund will seek for innovative companies that possess various hydrogen-related infrastructures and leadership in core hydrogen technologies.

The partnership will harness its collective expertise in hydrogen technologies to conduct detailed analyses on the investment candidates’ future growth potential, in order to make the best investment that would benefit the entire industry and ecosystem.

The Hydrogen Energy Industry Fund’s contributions will not be limited to mere equity investments, but will involve active and systematic support based on each member’s incubating programmes and corporate venture capital (CVC) strategies.

Executive vice-president at Hyundai Motor Group (China) Hsiu Fu Wang said: “The collaboration is an important first step in advancing the global hydrogen ecosystem and our strong foundation of trust will present many growth opportunities for the partnership.”

“Hyundai Motor possesses industry leading FCEV technologies which we will leverage in gaining foothold in China’s hydrogen ecosystem,” said deputy director of school council of Tsinghua University Zongkai Shi. “Through the Hydrogen Energy Fund, we will develop a platform that significantly contributes to the creation of a hydrogen society.”

For Hyundai Motor, the establishment of the Hydrogen Energy Industry Fund is expected to pave the way for new hydrogen-related business opportunities in China. In particular, the Sino-Korean co-operation will lay a strong foundation for Hyundai Motor to make foray into the Chinese fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) market in the future.

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