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Hyundai Rotem to develop hydrogen power train by 2020

South Korea’s leading railway system Hyundai Rotem will work together with Hyundai Motor to develop hydrogen power train by 2020. As Hyundai Rotem and Hyundai Motor are both affiliates of the country’s top automaker, Hyundai Motor Group.

Hyundai Motor will give fuel cells and related innovation, while Hyundai Rotem will build up a framework interface between trams and fuel. They intend to trams capable of travelling 200 kilometres (124 miles) at a top speed of 70 kilometres for every hour with a solitary charge. Production of a model will be finished next year.

Hyundai Rotem stated that it has signed MOD with Hyundai Motor on the advancement of fuel cell electric trams with a low-floor structure that improves availability and gives bigger windows and more airspace. They would likewise collaborate to create fuel cell electric trains.

The announcement of the joint project comes after President Moon Jae-in met with Hyundai Motor Group’s de facto leader Chung Eui-sun in Ulsan city, home to the firm’s automobile industries, in January. There, Moon reiterated the government’s strong willingness to make the nation the global No. 1 in the hydrogen car and fuel cell market by 2030. A hydrogen-powered train, which works by converting hydrogen into electricity, is eco-friendly as it does not emit air pollutants. It also saves on costs without requiring power infrastructure and maintenance.

Hyundai Motor is leading innovator in hydrogen vehicles. Its most recent FCEV, Nexo, can travel 609 kilometres on a solitary charge, the longest range on the planet for a green vehicle, at a speed of 180 kilometres for every hour. It has additionally launched hydrogen buses, which travel 440 kilometres on a solitary charge at a speed of 103 kilometres per hour.

The state-run Korea Railroad Research Institute started a project to build the train in April 2018 with an investment of 22 billion won ($18 million) in cooperation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.  By December 2022, the Korea Railroad Research Institute aims to develop the train that can travel more than 600 kilometres on a single charge at a speed of more than 110 kilometres, together with local train builder Woojin Industrial Systems.  Despite ongoing efforts in both the private and public sectors, challenges remain.

The Hyundai auto group leads a government campaign to replace combustion engines gradually with hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries. South Korea has unveiled a roadmap to secure its firm leadership in the global market by producing 6.2 million fuel cell vehicles by 2040.

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