The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced today (25th of January) that it will build large capacity hydrogen fuelling stations in Incheon and Ulsan to introduce 10-tonne large-size hydrogen trucks. The initiative is a part of Korean government efforts for promoting the hydrogen economy.
Both Incheon and Ulsan metropolitans have been selected for the project following the Ministry three weeks consultations started last month across the country which took into account various aspects of the project from the site’s locations to stations operation.
The project is expected to cost KRW 5.7 billion (US$ 5.2 million) which will be jointly shared by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the local governments at 70:30 ratios.
According to the plan, the Ministry will operate five 10-tonnes class freight vehicles on hydrogen by 2022. The plan is in accordance with the Korean government initiative of Hydrogen Economy Roadmap released in January 2019.
It is expected that both metropolitan cities will build hydrogen charging stations this year, targeting key areas for trucking such as port areas.
South Korea is gearing up for developing infrastructure for hydrogen mobility. Light vehicles are the largest polluters given their sheer numbers, but medium and heavy vehicles can not be ignored.