Fiat Chrysler is discussing with Hyundai regarding hydrogen fuel-cell technologies and vehicle transmissions.
Marchionne highlighted the “potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai” to develop transmissions and hydrogen technology. Hyundai already supplies Fiat Chrysler with some components and transmissions.
“We welcome the interest from other automakers in our advanced transmissions and hydrogen-powered technologies,” Hyundai said in an email to Bloomberg.
Above: Hyundai FE concept.
Next year, Hyundai will formally launch its next-generation fuel cell vehicle as a follow up to the ix35 Fuel Cell. Based on the FE concept, the new crossover will have between 560 and 800km of range, and around 120kW of power.
Above: Fiat 500e.
Fiat Chrysler has yet to market a product fuel cell car. Its electric efforts have primarily been limited to the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid people mover and the Fiat 500e hatch, a car Marchionne once asked punters not to buy.
The company plans on launching a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler in 2020.