South Korea is hydrogen car heaven, with 4,000 Hyundai Nexo sold in 2019 alone

In the sphere of the fuel cell and the hydrogen electric car it is Asia who leads the race. Not only for the investment and deployment of infrastructure, as is the case of Japan, but by developing technology effectively.

In this sense, it stands out South Korea, where in 2018 there were 2,000 hydrogen cars circulating on its roads. Thus, it is the leading country in the world in the deployment of this technology applied to transport, both for people and goods.

Hyundai wants to be a world leader


The South Korean Government aims to increase the number of hydropower plants to 310 by 2022 – there are currently 37 nationwide – while offering other incentives for infrastructure and technologies for these vehicles.

In fact, thanks to subsidies, sales of Hyundai nexo reached the 4,194 units in 2019 in South Korea alone, while those of Toyota Mirai they totaled 2,494.

The Asian country is developing an ambitious plan to replace old diesel locomotives with next-generation hydrogen trains, while in the field of maritime transport, it is promoting the use of ships with this same technology to cut pollution in the oceans.

In the transport of people, up to seven cities in South Korea have hydrogen-powered buses. And it is that the Executive’s plans are to promote the use of this alternative fuel both in homes and in industry and commercial activity.


For that reason, you are considering the idea of ​​building a network of pipelines across the country to transport hydrogen for all corners of the territory.

In this scenario, Hyundai wants to become the largest producer of mobility solutions based on hydrogen fuel cell technology, and aims to mass production of around 500,000 vehicles of this type by 2030.

The next step in Hyundai’s hydrogen strategy is to make its heavy goods vehicle viable, the H2 Xcient, which promises 400 kilometers of autonomy.

To advance in its development, the company has reached an agreement with the Swiss authorities to put into circulation a total of 1,600 trucks on the roads of the European country in 2025, which would serve to reduce more than 100,000 tons of CO2 per year, according to data of the company.

In Spain, the only hydrogen electric car for sale is the Hyundai Nexo, that part of the 72,250 euros, and the few units registered belong to companies.

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