Seoul, Korea - The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on October 22 that Korea’s first operation of hydrogen fuel cell buses was launched in Ulsan, spurring public interest and promoting the national spread of hydrogen buses.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the Ulsan city government, Hyundai Motor, and an Ulsan bus company to operate hydrogen buses, spread hydrogen vehicles and charging stations, and raise public awareness about their safety and environmental-friendliness. Starting October 22, hydrogen buses in Ulsan will transport passengers along a total round-trip route of 56 kilometers twice a day.
At the MOU signing ceremony, Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Sung Yunmo highlighted that the Korean government plans to expand its support for technological development in fuel cell cars as well as other future car technologies. Seoul also aims to improve regulations and utilize special purpose companies (SPCs) to build hydrogen fuel cell charging station infrastructure.
By next year, a total of 30 hydrogen buses will undergo trial operations in major cities across the country. Meanwhile, the Korean government aims to develop the hydrogen vehicle market and, as a result, it can reach more than 16,000 units, including 1,000 hydrogen buses, by 2022.