Kia Motors intends to join the Clean Energy Partnership to promote fuel cell electric vehicles in Germany
Kia Motor Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with members of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) to help promote fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in Germany. The initial agreement was signed in Seoul, attended by Dr. Hyun Soon Lee, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai-Kia R&D; Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH (National Organization of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology); Patrick Schnell, Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and other CEP members.
As part of its global activities to prepare commercialization of fuel cell vehicles, Kia intends to join the Clean Energy Partnership in 2011. The parties agreed to negotiate respective terms for participation.
The German Federal Government, together with stakeholders from various industry sectors and academia, set up the National Innovation Programme to support the market preparation of fuel cell technology in Germany. The combined budget for the Program amounts to €1.4 billion (US$1.9 billion) and covers the period 2007-2016.
Last January, Kia Motors signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with four Northern European countries to operate a test fleet of FCEVs in the European market.