Seoul plans to sup­ply 4,000 hy­dro­gen cars by 2022

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kang Se­ung-woo [email protected]­re­

Seoul City aims to have more than 4,000 hy­dro­gen vehicles on its roads by 2022 amid grow­ing de­mand for the eco-friendly cars, ac­cord­ing to the city gov­ern­ment, Thurs­day.

It is an ex­pan­sion of 1,000 vehicles from its ini­tial plan, an­nounced in Oc­to­ber last year, to have 3,000 hy­dro­gen vehicles by 2022.

“The Seoul Metropoli­tan Gov­ern­ment will ag­gres­sively take ac­tions to in­crease the use of those vehicles,” the city gov­ern­ment said in a press state­ment. “For the goal, we’ll also set up more than 15 charg­ing sta­tions, up from the ini­tial plan of 11.”

As part of the ef­forts, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has made a hy­dro­gen fuel-cell car his of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle.

Park rode the car to at­tend a fo­rum of may­ors from 25 coun­tries held on the day in the Korean cap­i­tal to dis­cuss ways to deal with cli­mate change and pro­mote Seoul’s will to ex­pand the use of eco-friendly cars.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment had 591 hy­dro­gen cars in ser­vice last year and it seeks to in­crease the num­ber to 1,854 next year, with the num­ber of re­fu­el­ing sta­tions to be in­creased to 10 from the cur­rent four.

Seoul City ex­pects its plan to help more cit­i­zens to eas­ily have the hy­dro­gen fuel-cell vehicles, given that peo­ple want­ing the cars cur­rently have to wait more than a year to re­ceive them, due to high de­mand for the car and lim­ited bud­get al­lowances for eco-friendly vehicles.

“It is a must to use eco-friendly vehicles to tackle cli­mate change,” Mayor Park said.

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