S.Korea s first hydrogen car sharing program to start in Gwangju
S.Korea s first hydrogen car sharing program to start in Gwangju
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, March 06, 2017
  • 15 hydrogen cars and 27 electric cars to be used in Gwangju
  • Increase the number of hydrogen car supply from next year and expand it to Jeonnam South Korea

The Ministry of Environment (Minister Cho Kyung-kyu) announced that it will have a 'kick-off ceremony for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and electric car car sharing' at Gwangju Metropolitan City Office on March 6 with Gwangju Metropolitan City, Gwangju Creative Innovation Center and Hyundai Motor. 

Chung Kyung-kyu, Minister of Environment, Yoon Jang-hyun, Gwangju Mayor, and Park Kwang-sik, Vice President of Hyundai Motor. 

This is the first time hydrogen cars have been introduced into the domestic car sharing business. Car sharing is a system that borrows a vehicle for a shorter time (less than one hour) than a rental car.

The Ministry of Environment and the Gwangju Metropolitan City will distribute 15 hydrogen cars and 27 electric cars to the car sharing pilot project, and if the feasibility is verified, it will increase the supply volume from next year and expand it to neighboring areas such as Jeonnam. 

The Ministry of Environment and the Gwangju Metropolitan City will provide 27.5 million won each for subsidies for purchasing hydrogen cars, and 14 million won for government expenditures and 7 million won for local expenses. 

The car sharing operator will be Jika and is in charge of vehicle maintenance and operation, while Hyundai Motor will support after-sales service.

This car sharing demonstration project provides people with the opportunity to experience the driving experience of hydrogen cars and electric vehicles, which are environmentally friendly cars with no exhaust gas.

The hydrogen vehicles to be used in this project are the Hyundai Motors 'Tucson Fuel Cell Car'  that has a range of 415 km on a single charge. The EVs to be employed are the new Hyundai Ioniq and Soul electric by Kia Motors Corp. The Ioniq can travel 191 km, with Soul being able to move 148 km without recharging.

Cho Kyung-kyu, the minister of environment, said, "The hydrogen cars and electric cars were difficult to use because of the expensive price of the cars, but there was a good opportunity to experience the car sharing business directly." " I hope that it will be an opportunity to further promote the supply of hydrogen cars and electric vehicles. "