South Korea's first hydrogen-powered garbage truck started operation in Changwon a few days ago. The 5-ton truck with fuel cell will initially be tested for one year as part of a project of the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy with Hyundai Motor and the Korea Automotive Technology Institute.
The hydrogen truck is supposed to have a range of 350 kilometers. Six cylindrical pressure tanks are installed behind the driver's cab which are supposed to be able to store up to 25 kilograms of hydrogen. Externally the vehicle resembles a garbage truck with combustion engine which is common in South Korea. South Korean media do not give any information on further performance data.
Changwon is located about 400 kilometers southeast of the capital Seoul, and Mayor Heo Seong-moo hopes to build a hydrogen industry for his city, "We will do our best to build a 'hydrogen industry city' on it by working with organizations and companies."
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