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Hyundai and Shell Team Up for Hydrogen Infrastructure Development Deal

In answer to National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day for 2021, Hyundai Motor North America has joined Shell Oil Products and Shell Hydrogen have joined forces to encourage growth of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure throughout California.
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The companies call it Project Neptune and it’s in support of Shell Hydrogen’s construction of 48 additional - and two upgraded - hydrogen refueling stations across the Golden State. The project began in 2021, and in its portion of the agreement, Hyundai says they’re committed to fuel cell vehicle sales growth to take part in the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure.

“We’re proud to join Shell Hydrogen’s ‘Project Neptune’, expanding California’s hydrogen infrastructure to meet increasing consumer demand for clean, zero-emission transportation solutions,” said Olabisi Boyle, Vice President of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy for Hyundai Motor North America. “Hyundai offers a superb fuel cell vehicle in its NEXO SUV, and this effort will help ensure that every eco-focused fuel cell driver has convenient refueling options wherever they choose to go”.

The companies say hydrogen refueling infrastructure growth is key to rapidly increase consumer adoption of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles. Project Neptune is part of Hyundai’s commitment to fuel cell technologies and their environmental impact.

Hyundai says this project is a key pillar of its long-range strategic vision. The new hydrogen stations included in Project Neptune are partially funded by public funds from the California Energy Commission (CEC).

A pair of other fuel cell vehicle manufacturers are also participants in this consortium with respective agreements for fuel cell vehicle sales.

According to Boyle, the agreement with Shell Hydrogen furthers existing agreements with Hyundai and stands beside a new five-year Global Business Cooperation Agreement with Royal Dutch Shell to work on collaborating clean energy solutions.

He adds that hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Vehicle sales growth and addressing environmental concerns are the goal, and that the development of stations is set to begin before the end of 2021.

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