Korean hydrogen vehicles provide the highest level in the world
Seoul [South Korea], April 29 (ANI / Global Economic): The number of hydrogen electric vehicles supplied to Korea is the highest in the world, but the charging infrastructure is very poor.
According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) on Wednesday, Korea, where 33% of the world’s hydrogen cars circulate last month, had the highest hydrogen car distribution rate in the world.
However, the charging infrastructure is inadequate with a number of vehicles per charger of 180, second to 224 vehicles per unit in the United States out of five countries – Korea, United States, China, Japan and Germany.
In contrast, Germany has nine units per charger, 38 units in Japan and 56 units in China, and the recharging infrastructure is estimated to be relatively sufficient compared to the supply of hydrogen vehicles.
In the case of Korea, in a situation where hydrogen cars are increasing rapidly compared to electric cars, the construction of charging stations is not able to keep up with the speed of distribution of vehicles, so there is concern that the conditions of the charging infrastructure do not deteriorate.
From 2016 to 2020, the average annual growth rate of motor cars in Korea was 2% for internal combustion engines, 30% for hybrid cars and 88% for electric cars, while hydrogen cars show a rapid growth of 235%. .
However, the rate of increase of hydrogen refueling stations only increased by 116% during the same period. Thus, the number of vehicles per hydrogen charger in Korea increased from 27 in 2017 to 169 in 2019 and 180 in March. Thus, the load conditions deteriorate rapidly.
According to the association, electric vehicles take 16.2 hours to simultaneously charge the entire vehicle, while hydrogen vehicles take 30 hours.
The gap in charging infrastructure by region was also found to be a serious problem.
According to the association, the better the charging conditions, such as the number of hydrogen stations, accessibility and hours of operation, the better the distribution rate of hydrogen cars.
In the northern part of Gyeonggi province, where there are no hydrogen refueling stations, the distribution rate of hydrogen vehicles is only 12% (238 units) of the entire Gyeonggi province.
In Changwon City, where 75% of Gyeongnam’s hydrogen refueling stations (6 out of 8) have been installed, 75% (798 units) of all Gyeongnam’s hydrogen cars are distributed. (ANI / Global Economy)