Ex-Daimler Martin Zeilinger appointed head of Hyundai Commercial Vehicle Development Tech Unit

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 2, 2020

Hyundai Motor Group has appointed Martin Zeilinger as executive vice president and head of its commercial vehicle (CV) development tech unit. Zeilinger brings with him 30 years of experience on commercial vehicle development and he will enhance overall R&D capabilities for Hyundai commercial vehicles while also spearheading development of eco-friendly commercial vehicles such as fuel cell trucks and buses. 

“We are fortunate to have Martin join Hyundai Motor Group‘s CV development tech unit. Martin‘s extensive technical knowledge and experience will help to introduce innovative commercial vehicles,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of Hyundai Motor Group‘s research and development division. “We believe Martin will significantly contribute to further enhancing our group‘s world leading fuel cell technology in the commercial vehicle sector.”

Having spent his working career with Daimler AG since 1987, Zeilinger‘s experience includes developing autonomous and electrified trucks. He will integrate innovative technologies to future Hyundai commercial vehicles as Hyundai Motor Group plans to step up efforts to lead the commercial vehicle industry with his expertise. Key focus areas will include fuel cell trucks and buses, as well as autonomous driving trucks – technological areas in which Hyundai Motor Group has developed considerable expertise in real-world applications. 

“I am very proud joining Hyundai Motor Group on the way to global growth with new technologies. The commercial vehicle industry has big environmental and economic challenges but also has big chances for efficient and clean transportation with the relevant new technologies and vehicles. I am looking forward to bring my experience in a new business environment,” said Zeilinger.

Over the past few years, Hyundai has made significant strides in eco-friendly and autonomous commercial vehicle development. In 2019, Hyundai Motor Group formed Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility, a joint venture with Swiss company H2 Energy, with plans to deliver 1600 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to the JV through 2025. Last year in North America, Hyundai signed an MOU with Cummins to jointly develop and commercialise electric and fuel cell powertrains combining Hyundai fuel cell systems and Cummins‘ electric powertrain, battery and control technologies.

In addition to eco-friendly technologies, Hyundai Motor Group also has demonstrated autonomous capabilities with commercial vehicles. In 2018, Hyundai Motor completed South Korea‘s first domestic highway journey with an autonomously navigated semi-trailer truck, equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving technology. Last year, Hyundai utilised its V2V capabilities to platoon trailer trucks on Yeoju Smart Highway, a 7.7km testbed within the central region expressway, established by the Korean government for the development of autonomous driving technology.