ARKANSAS, January 9 (Future Headlines)- In a significant development, Hyundai Motor India Ltd has announced a fresh investment of Rs 6,180 crore in Tamil Nadu. The investment encompasses various initiatives, with a major focus on establishing a hydrogen resource center. This commitment is in addition to the automaker’s earlier pledge of Rs 20,000 crore over the next decade (2023-2032) for enhancing electric vehicle manufacturing, charging infrastructure, and skill development. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the new investment was formalized during the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024, underlining Hyundai’s dedication to fortifying the state’s socio-economic development and fostering a green future.

Hyundai Motor India Ltd is set to invest Rs 6,180 crore in various initiatives in Tamil Nadu, reflecting the company’s enduring commitment to the state’s growth and self-reliance. In addition to the recent investment, Hyundai had previously announced a comprehensive plan to deploy Rs 20,000 crore over the next ten years (2023-2032). This substantial commitment underscores the automaker’s long-term vision for electric mobility, charging infrastructure, and skill development.

The MoU signed between Hyundai Motor India and the state government during the Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2024 solidifies the collaboration and sets the stage for transformative initiatives in the region. Hyundai’s investment includes the establishment of a dedicated ‘Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub’ in collaboration with IIT-Madras. This innovation hub, backed by an investment of Rs 180 crore, will serve as an incubation center for developing a localized framework for the hydrogen ecosystem.

The collaboration with the state government goes beyond mere financial investment. Hyundai envisions the Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub as a catalyst for cultivating a robust hydrogen technology ecosystem, aligning with the company’s commitment to sustainability and a green future. The initiative is expected to generate employment opportunities and support skill development in the region. By fostering innovation and localizing the hydrogen ecosystem, Hyundai aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu.

Hyundai Motor India operates its manufacturing base in Tamil Nadu, near Chennai, where it rolls out over 8 lakh units annually. The state has been a crucial hub for Hyundai’s production activities, and the latest investment further solidifies the company’s commitment to the region. The strategic decision to invest in Tamil Nadu reflects the state’s importance in Hyundai’s operations and growth strategy. The region’s conducive business environment and Hyundai’s established presence make it an ideal location for significant investments.

Hyundai’s investment in establishing a hydrogen resource center and the Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub underscores the company’s strategic focus on hydrogen as a key component of future mobility solutions. The initiatives are aligned with the global shift towards sustainable and green mobility solutions. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are gaining prominence as an environmentally friendly alternative, and Hyundai’s commitment to developing the hydrogen ecosystem reflects its dedication to advancing green mobility.

Reporting by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White