SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 10, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to open “Yangjae Hydrogen Station” in January next year after upgrading the first hydrogen fueling station in the city with the latest equipment and more than twice the charging capacity.
Its daily hydrogen storage capacity will be expanded by 2.5 times from 120kg to 300kg to refuel 2.5 times more vehicles a day from 24 to 60 or more, which will be welcomed by the drivers of eco-friendly hydrogen cars suffering from the lack of charging facilities.
The city government explained that it took over the right to operate the station in September, which had been run by Hyundai Motors for research purposes, and received approval from the Seocho-gu Office to upgrade the facility on November 24 this year. The city started the construction work on November 30 after completing the administrative procedure.
Yangjae Hydrogen Station is one of the four hydrogen stations in Seoul, along with those in Sangam, Sangil-dong in Gangdong-gu, and the National Assembly. It is Seoul’s first hydrogen station that was constructed in 2010. The facility opened in 2018 for hydrogen car drivers but suspended its operation in January 2020 due to equipment breakdown.
To reopen the facility as soon as possible, the city started negotiating with Hyundai Motors in July and closely examined residents’ requests from its non-face-to-face briefing session in October.
While preparing for the reopening of Yangjae Hydrogen Station, the city will supply eco-friendly hydrogen cars. It will fix the supply volume in line with the capacity of fueling infrastructure. More hydrogen cars will be provided as Yangjae Hydrogen Station opens this time.
Following the supply of 950 hydrogen cars since January 2020, additional applications for the second hydrogen car subsidy of 2020 started to be received from November 30, for 261 available hydrogen cars in total.
The city’s efforts to supply more electric vehicles (EV) and hydrogen cars and the rising demand of citizens for eco-friendly vehicles led to the soaring numbers of registered EVs and hydrogen cars as of the end of October 2020, up 51.7% and 138.9%, respectively, from the previous year. In contrast, the number of diesel and LPG cars decreased by 0.8% and 0.4%, respectively.
Cho Wan-seok, Director of Climate Change Response at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “We are planning to expand the fueling capacity and reopen Yangjae Hydrogen Station January next year after its operation was suspended for almost a year. We hope this will help hydrogen car drivers have better access to limited fueling infrastructure.” He added, “The metropolitan government will continue to work hard to beef up our fueling capacity and providing more hydrogen cars to reduce fine dust and greenhouse gases in the city.”