Hyundai Motor's hydrogen Xcient tested by Coupang for logistics
The carmaker said Wednesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local logistics firms and government bodies to cooperate on boosting the use of hydrogen-powered cargo vehicles in Korea. Logistics firms participating in the agreement include Coupang, CJ Logistics and Hyundai Glovis.
A total of five 10-ton hydrogen-powered trucks will be distributed to logistics companies to be tested for delivery purposes from 2021 to 2022. The trucks will be used on the Gunpo-Okcheon route as well as in the Seoul metropolitan area.
The dispatched vehicles will be similar to Xcient-based hydrogen-powered trucks that have been exported to Switzerland since 2018 in partnership with local energy company H2 Energy, the carmaker said. It will go through a slight overhaul to meet domestic transportation standards.
The latest MOU is the continuation of the “hydrogen society” road map announced by the government last year, pushing for the use of diesel-powered vehicles in logistics and public transportation and for taxis.
Under Wednesday’s MOU, the Ministry of Environment will fund the purchase of hydrogen electric cargo trucks, while the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy will support the research and development process of eco-friendly vehicles. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it will develop a subsidy plan to reduce the cost of operating hydrogen-powered vehicles.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [email@example.com]
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