Hyundai un­veils hy­dro­gen bus for po­lice

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Kwak Yeon-soo [email protected]­re­

Hyundai Motor has un­veiled a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered bus for po­lice as part of its ef­forts to pro­mote pub­lic aware­ness of zero-emis­sion buses, the com­pany said Thurs­day.

The au­tomaker had al­ready in­tro­duced a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered city bus, but this is the first model with a large cargo space for po­lice equip­ment and which is suit­able for long-dis­tance travel.

It comes a year af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Lee Nak-yon pro­posed re­plac­ing po­lice buses, es­pe­cially those de­ployed around the gov­ern­ment com­plex build­ing and the U.S. Em­bassy in Seoul, with fu­el­cell elec­tric buses to pro­mote the na­tion’s hy­dro­gen tech­nol­ogy.

The lat­est re­lease also is in line with the Na­tional Po­lice Agency’s plan to turn its en­tire bus fleet “green.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the bus can ac­com­mo­date 29 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the driver. It has two 95-kilo­watt fuel-cell stacks, which are used in Nexo’s fuel-cell elec­tric ve­hi­cles (FCEVs).

The bus also has hy­dro­gen tanks on the roof to pro­vide enough room for pas­sen­gers and cargo.

The car­maker said it plans to pro­vide two hy­dro­gen-pow­ered po­lice buses to the Na­tional Po­lice Agency this year.

A test-run of the buses will be con­cluded by the end of next year, af­ter which pro­duc­tion will be­gin. The hy­dro­gen-pow­ered buses are set to hit the roads in 2021, ac­cord­ing to Hyundai Motor.

The com­pany also signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the Min­istry of Trade, In­dus­try and En­ergy, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and the Korean Na­tional Po­lice Agency over de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of hy­dro­gen-pow­ered po­lice buses.

The gov­ern­ment promised to buy 802 of the buses for the po­lice force.

“We will con­tinue to im­prove per­for­mance of hy­dro­gen-pow­ered elec­tric buses based on data ob­tained dur­ing the test run,” a Hyundai Motor of­fi­cial said. “We will boost our ca­pa­bil­ity to con­cen­trate on de­vel­op­ing the best buses for the po­lice force.”

Us­ing hy­dro­gen buses for the po­lice would help re­duce par­tic­u­late mat­ter air pol­lu­tion in the city cen­ter, the com­pany said.

Cour­tesy of Hyundai Motor

Hyundai Motor Pres­i­dent Kong Young-woon, right, poses with Prime Min­is­ter Lee Nak-yon, cen­ter, and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials af­ter sign­ing an MOU for op­er­a­tion of hy­dro­gen-pow­ered po­lice buses at Gwangh­wa­mun, cen­tral Seoul, Thurs­day.

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