Hyundai Motor, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Changwon City, Seoul City's taxi operators, the Korea Automotive Research Institute and the hydrogen fusion alliance promotion team will push for a pilot project to boost the supply of hydrogen commercial vehicles and hydrogen taxis through multilateral cooperation.
Hyundai Motor signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Korea Automotive Research Institute in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, on May 14, with attendance of MOTIE Minister Sung Yun-mo, CEO Gong Young-woon of Hyundai Motor, Mayor Huh Sung-moo of Changwon City, and other dignitaries.
Through this multilateral cooperation, Hyundai Motor plans to lay the groundwork for the spread of hydrogen commercial vehicles and hydrogen taxis in the public sector and further accelerate the expansion of the base of the hydrogen economy by expanding the experience of hydrogen electric vehicles among ordinary people.
Hyundai Motor, the MOTIE and the Korea Automotive Research Institute will first conduct a pilot operation of hydrogen trucks for garbage collection in Changwon to commercialize and spread 5-ton hydrogen trucks.
To that end, the city of Changwon will deploy a hydrogen cleaning truck to the garbage collection route within this year and build a large charging station by the end of this year to charge the hydrogen cleaning truck.
Hyundai Motor and the research institute will analyze the results of the pilot project and share it with their partners to improve vehicle performance, including improved durability.
Hyundai will also use the test run to develop various business models using five-ton trucks and to check the commercialization and export competitiveness of medium-sized hydrogen trucks.
The MOTIE will support the budget needed for the pilot operation, while finding and supporting additional research and development and demonstration projects to further improve the performance of hydrogen trucks.
The 5-ton cleaning truck, which will be deployed to Changwon City, was selected as a research project by the ministry in 2017. It was developed by Hyundai Motor, its parts suppliers, and the Korea Automotive Research Institute, and can run up to 599 kilometers per hour with a constant speed of 60 kilometers per hour on a single charge.
Hyundai Motor signed a MOU with the Seoul Metropolitan Government last month and decided to replace commercial vehicles operated by the Seoul city, including cleaning vehicles and vans, with hydrogen-powered cars.
"Starting with the pilot operation of hydrogen trucks for garbage collection, we will continue to increase the proportion of hydrogen commercial vehicles by promoting the replacement of hydrogen electric vehicles in the public sector such as road cleaners and spray cars and spreading them to the private sector," a Hyundai Motor official said.