At a meeting of the State Council on October 24 last year, President Lee requested that all police buses in Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul be replaced with police buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells. A little over a year later, the first buses are open to the public.
“By 2028, all police buses will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The new bus will not only improve the working conditions of police officers, but also create a better environment for the residents of Seoul,” he said.
Police buses using conventional internal combustion engines are usually idle for long periods of time on the side of the road, causing noise and air pollution that civilians have long complained about. However, the new model is quieter and does not emit harmful gases.
One model was parked at Gwanghwamun Plaza on October 31st, and the other was parked for public viewing by the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul.
The National Police Agency plans to purchase two fuel cell buses next year and gradually replace all police buses with new models by 2021. The plan to introduce fuel cell patrol vehicles is also under consideration.