Hyundai Motor will showcase its 4th Generation Hydrogen Electric Bus, which had a performance boost in the second half of the year. It is also confirmed that a 5-ton Hydrogen Electric Truck is under development.
On May 24th, Hyundai Motor announced that it plans to unveil its 4th generation hydrogen electric car in September of this year at the earliest.
“The fuel cell stack, which is at the heart of the hydrogen-powered buses, will be replaced with a 4th generation model that is upgraded from the 3rd generation specifications (25kg charging capacity, up to 713 km driving per charge) as early as September,” said a source familiar with Hyundai Motor’s internal developments. The official did not disclose detailed timing of the mass production of the 4th generation product.
Hyundai Motor began developing hydrogen electric buses in 2004 and used the first-generation models for pilot operation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has released the 3rd generation models to the outside world. These are still for demonstration and research purposes.
There are currently five 3rd generation hydrogen electric buses available in Korea. One of them will be put on the regular bus route in Ulsan city after local elections next month. Another one will be donated to the city of Seoul and used for various purposes.
Ulsan city also plans to change all city buses to hydrogen electric buses by 2035. Due to this reason, it is in a hurry to mass-produce the buses within several years.
Hyundai Motor also plans to develop a 5-ton hydrogen-powered truck this year. It is likely to mass-produce the same medium-sized ‘Hyundai Megatruck’ skeleton in a few years.
“In the case of electric and hydrogen electric buses, active support is needed not only for subsidies but also for expanding charging facilities,” said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.