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  • Hydrogen-powered police bus makes debut in Korea

  • 이낙연 국무총리가 31일 서울 종로구 역사박물관 앞에서 열린 경찰수소버스 시승식에서 경찰 기동대원들과 함께 기념촬영을 하고 있다. 연합뉴스

    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (second from right) on Oct. 31 poses for a group selfie while on the nation's first fuel cell police bus with a group of police officers in front of Seoul's National Museum of Korean Contemporary History. (Yonhap News)



    By Kang Gahui and Lee Hana


    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Oct. 31 joined a group of police officers in introducing the country's first fuel cell police bus.


    Last year on Oct. 24 during an inspection meeting for national affairs, Lee had asked that all police buses based in Seoul's downtown area of Gwanghwamun Square be replaced with those running on hydrogen fuel cells. A little over a year later, the first such bus was shown to the public.


    "By 2028, all police buses will be those powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The new buses will not only improve working conditions for police officers but also create a better environment for Seoul residents," he said during his visit.


    Police buses using conventional internal combustion engines are typically left idle by the roadside for extended periods of time, creating noise and air pollution that civilians have long complained about. The new model, however, makes little noise and releases no harmful gases.


    One model was parked on Oct. 31 by Gwanghwamun Square and another by the National Assembly in Seoul's Yeouido area for public viewing.


    The Korean National Police Agency will purchase two fuel cell buses next year and gradually replace all police buses with the new model by 2021. Plans for introducing fuel cell patrol cars are also under review.


    With the administration pushing for the development of vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells to reduce particulate matter in the air and pioneer the future car market, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced a plan to develop eco-friendly vehicles by 2030 including fuel cell maintenance trucks.



    이낙연 국무총리(가운데)가 31일 서울 광화문에서 열린 경찰 수소전기버스 시승식에서 MOU를 체결하고 기념촬영하고 있다. 현대자동차

    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (center) on Oct. 31 attends a signing ceremony for the adoption of fuel cell police buses in front of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul. (Hyundai Motor Company)


    kgh89@korea.kr




     

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