- Ministry of National Defense to purchase 10 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2021
Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. will cooperate with the Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Environment, and Doosan Mobility Innovation Co., Ltd. to introduce a hydrogen electric vehicle to the Armed Forces and establish a hydrogen station.
On the 16th (Tuesday) of June, key figures including Prime Minister Jung Se-gyun, Minister of Environment, Jo Myung-rae, Minister of Defense, Jae-min Park of the Ministry of Defense, Minister of Industry and Energy Jeong Seung-il of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, President of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Doosan Mobility Innovation CEO Doo-soon Lee attended the meeting at Zaundae University and announced that Korea and the Republic of Korea announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the introduction of hydrogen buses for the Ministry of National Defense and for the promotion of building hydrogen stations.
This multilateral cooperation is aimed at contributing to the development of the hydrogen industry, which has been intensively fostered as a national key strategic industry, and cooperation will take place throughout the hydrogen industry, such as expanding the supply of hydrogen electric vehicles and expanding the hydrogen charging infrastructure.
In particular, this MOU signifies that it will expand the supply of hydrogen electric vehicles to the military sector, thereby broadening the base of the hydrogen industry.
To this end, the parties to the agreement will continue to actively cooperate with each other regarding the use of hydrogen by the Ministry of National Defense.
Specifically, the Ministry of National Defense will do the following;
- cooperate in the installation of a hydrogen charging station for both civil and military forces near Jaeun University
- to purchase and pilot 10 hydrogen electric vehicles by 2021
- Continue to expand and purchase hydrogen electric vehicles and expand the application of hydrogen fuel cell power generation facilities and to make efforts and to consider the introduction of hydrogen drones for military use.
The Ministry of Industry supports technology development and demonstration for the application of hydrogen fuel cell power generation facilities in military equipment and facilities, and the Ministry of Environment supports the construction of a hydrogen charging station for civil and military use.
Hyundai Motor Company and Doosan Mobility Innovation will endeavor to promote the development and production of hydrogen electric vehicles and hydrogen drones, respectively.
On the day of the signing of the agreement, the officials toured the planned site of the hydrogen station, took a ride on Hyundai’s hydrogen bus, and watched a flight of a hydrogen drone test by Doosan Mobility Innovation.
An official from Hyundai Motor said, “This MOU is very meaningful because private companies, government agencies, and the ROK Armed Forces agreed to cooperate with each other to develop the hydrogen industry.”
On the other hand, Hyundai’s representative mass-produced hydrogen electric vehicle,’Nexo’, is operated by various ministries such as the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Industry, and the Ministry of Environment.