Today marks the first time in Korea that an eco-friendly hydrogen (H2) electric bus has been used for public transportation.
Launched by South Korea’s biggest automaker Hyundai Motors in Ulsan, the bus will run twice a day for a 56km round trip from Ulsan Public Bus Terminal to Daeangam Park.
The bus was originally introduced as a third-generation H2 electric bus from Hyundai Motor Company in February 2018 as a vehicle sponsored by the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Paralympics.
In addition, Hyundai, and nine hydrogen industry-related companies and South Korea Hydrogen Association, Ulsan Metropolitan City signed an additional multilateral work agreement (MOU).
These companies, associations and municipalities in the H2 industry will support a full-time H2 industry, which includes H2 production, supply and utilisation. It will also expand the supply of H2 electric vehicles and H2 electric buses as well as expanding H2 electric trucks and H2 electric forklifts.
Finally, the companies will cooperate with aim of constructing a production system of 30,000 H2-electric cars annually. If the 30,000 number is realised, it may mean job creation in related fields of up to 2,200 new jobs for this part of Korea.
Ulsan Mayor Song Cheol-ho, said, “I am very pleased to announce the pride and enthusiasm as the leading city of the H2 industry by injecting the city’s first H2 bus in the nation, and I am very pleased to contribute to the spread of H2 electric buses throughout Korea.”
“We will do our best to turn Ulsan as the global mecca of the H2 industry by taking the advantage of being the world’s first manufacturing base of H2 cars, and our capacity of producing over 60% of H2 in South Korea,”
Hyundai Motors will begin mass production of next-generation H2 electric buses that will upgrade the performance of its vehicles, including stack durability, Hyundai plans to apply the world’s best fuel cell efficiency and motor output to the next-generation H2 electric bus, and focuses its research and development (R & D) capabilities to dramatically increase the single-charge mileage.