Fuel Cell EV Taxis & Car Sharing Services in Korea

Hyundai Motor is stepping up its efforts to commercialize its hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), the first of its kind in the world, to become a top manufacturer of environmentally-friendly cars.

Hyundai said Monday that it will sell FCEVs as taxis and begin a car sharing program later this year to promote the use of the emission-free vehicles among businesses and individuals.

The carmaker plans to operate 10 Tucson ix FCEVs as taxis for a trial run in Ulsan in December, while providing 15 vehicles for a pilot car sharing program in Gwangju.

On Monday, the automaker signed a deal with Ulsan Metropolitan Government and a taxi association in the city to offer 10 Tucson ix FCEVs as taxis. It plans to add five more vehicles in Ulsan in 2017, and begin running another 5 as taxis in Gwangju.

In 2018, a total of 100 FCEVs will run as taxis across five municipalities, Hyundai said.

In addition, the carmaker signed agreements with Gwangju Metropolitan Government and rental car firm J-Car to use 15 Tucson ix FCEVs for a car sharing program. The firm plans to increase the number to 150 by 2020 and expand the program to other regions.

Earlier, the government started a consultative body of representatives from the public and private sectors to foster the hydrogen car industry as one of Korea’s new growth engines. -KoreaTimes

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