Hyundai, Seoul National University Launch Joint Battery Research Center

In collaboration with Seoul National University (SNU), Hyundai Motor Group announced the opening of their Joint Battery Research Center, marking a critical step towards securing global leadership in advanced battery technologies. Spanning three floors with an impressive area of 901m2, the state-of-the-art center houses seven research labs fully equipped with precision battery analysis apparatus to support mass-production-oriented R&D.

Why It Matters

This joint initiative signifies Hyundai’s robust commitment to spearheading the transition to an electrified mobility industry, propelling us toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral future. It fosters a thriving industry-academia ecosystem that aims to unravel, refine, and secure key battery technologies, contributing significantly to the global electric vehicle (EV) leadership ambition.

Key Points

  • Hyundai Motor Group and Seoul National University’s Joint Battery Research Center aim to cultivate and consolidate critical battery technologies.
  • The 901m2 center encompasses seven research labs across three floors, integrating advanced research infrastructure such as precise battery analysis tools.
  • Twenty-two joint research projects are in the pipeline, focusing on four crucial sectors: lithium metal and solid-state batteries.
  • Hyundai Motor Group pledges an investment of over KRW 30 billion by 2030 to bolster research activities at the center.

Bottom Line

Hyundai Motor Group’s Executive Chair Euisun Chung reaffirmed the group’s determination to lead the electrification shift in the mobility sector through collective efforts. The new Joint Battery Research Center embodies this commitment and anticipates providing advanced mobility solutions equipped with innovative batteries, embodying a strong pledge towards a sustainable environment for upcoming generations.

The opening ceremony witnessed the presence of distinguished guests from both Hyundai Motor Group and Seoul National University. Among the notable attendees were Euisun Chung, Executive Chair of Hyundai Motor Group; Yong Wha Kim, President and CTO of Hyundai Motor Group; Heung Soo Kim, EVP and Head of Global Strategy Office of Hyundai Motor Group; and Chang Hwan Kim, SVP and Head of Battery Development Center of Hyundai Motor Group.

From SNU’s end, President Hong Lim Ryu; Yoo Suk Hong, Dean of SNU College of Engineering; Seung Hwan Ko, Associate Dean of Research Affairs of the College of Engineering; Jong Chan Lee, Head of the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Jang Wook Choi, Head of the Joint Battery Research Center and Professor at the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering graced the ceremony.


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