Incheon City in South Korea is set to introduce 700 hydrogen buses in the region by the end of next year.
The plan is expected to bring genuine carbon reduction impacts and contribute to the growing interest in carbon neutrality both domestically and internationally. The hydrogen bus conversion plan, including 200 buses this year and 700 by next year, is the largest in the nation, according to the Ministry of Environment.
Incheon aims to increase the supply of hydrogen buses based on the operation of the largest liquefied hydrogen manufacturing plant and charging station in the world, which is set to be established in the area.
The Ministry of Environment and Incheon City have signed a commercial agreement to develop a hydrogen public transportation leading city. Hyundai Motor Company and SK E&S have joined the agreement, along with federal and state governments, to produce and supply low-floor and solid-floor hydrogen buses and establish a leading hydrogen bus city. SK E&S also plans to establish stable liquefied hydrogen production and supply and liquefied hydrogen charging infrastructure.
In the Incheon region, 1,514 hydrogen cars have already been delivered, and 7 hydrogen refueling stations are operational, with 7 more being built.
A total of eight hydrogen refueling stations capable of refueling big commercial vehicles like hydrogen buses will be constructed by the end of the year. Two of them will start operating as liquid hydrogen charging stations in the fourth quarter of this year, using the technique of storing and delivering hydrogen via the liquefied method, which is more efficient and safer than gaseous hydrogen charging stations.
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The Ministry of Environment has been supporting policy to convert 2,000 Incheon city buses to hydrogen buses by 2030. The administration and supporting companies hope to establish Incheon as a leading hydrogen bus city and a model for public transportation in South Korea.