Prime Minister Lee Nak-young joined a group of police officers to introduce the country’s first fuel cell police bus.
On October 24, last year, Prime Minister Lee requested that all police buses in Gwanghwamun Square in the center of Seoul be replaced with hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses at a national affairs inspection meeting. A little over a year later, the first bus was open to the public.
“By 2028, all police buses will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The new buses will not only improve the working conditions of police officers, but will also create a better environment for residents of Seoul.” He said during his visit.
Police buses that use traditional internal combustion engines are typically left on the roadside for long periods of time, causing noise and air pollution that civilians have long been dissatisfied with. However, this new model is quiet and emits no harmful gases.
One model was parked at Gwanghwamun Square on October 31st, and the other was parked by the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul.
The National Police Agency will purchase two fuel cell buses next year and will gradually replace all police buses with new models by 2021. We are also considering a plan to introduce a fuel cell police car.