Hyundai Motor Group donates hydrogen fuel cell bus for on-duty firefighters’ rescue operations

Hyundai Motor Group is donating a hydrogen fuel cell bus to support on-duty firefighters in rescue operations.

Hyundai Motor Group (Group) has donated an innovative hydrogen fuel cell bus to the Korean National Fire Service. It will help firefighters recover from the extreme conditions they face every day while fighting fires in the course of their duties.

The unique Hydrogen Fuel Cell Support Bus is based on the Hyundai Universe fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and was designed with input from Korean firefighters. The vehicle was donated to the fire department on the Korean island of Jeju, which also had an influence on its design.

The film, which featured a video titled “Got Your Back – Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus to Rescue Firefighters While on the Job,” narrated by Korean-American firefighter Peter Lee, highlights the dangers firefighters face.

By focusing on their sacrifice, the film highlights the important role of the innovative hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in improving conditions, allowing workers to recover from the grueling heat.

Experienced firefighters encourage their younger colleagues to take a break during intense firefighting, reinforcing the need to value their own lives as much as those of others. These testimonies underscore the contribution the Group is making to human progress through this donation.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus: An Innovative Solution for Firefighters

Firefighters are deployed in shifts during large fires, with operational intervals of 20 to 30 minutes. During rest, firefighters can rest in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Support Bus, where a hydrogen fuel cell emits clean water. The vehicle operates quietly and vibration-free, providing an optimal space for rest and revitalization.

The support bus is designed to improve the firefighters’ evacuation environment and features the following features:

– U-shaped meeting space with sofas to create a community atmosphere and increase interaction

– Premium reclining seats for a comfortable and peaceful space for regeneration

-Compact cooking surface ensuring firefighters have easy access to food

-Outdoor air tent with power supply from Support Bus

– High-pressure compressed air gun for removing contamination from rescue equipment

– High pressure water gun clean fire equipment

-Storage space for flame retardant clothing to prevent potential secondary contamination

Hydrogen and oxygen are delivered to the Universe FCEV’s fuel cell, generating electricity that powers the vehicle and enables firefighters to use air conditioning, heating and other functions without emitting carbon dioxide.

The hydrogen fuel cell bus, which debuted on Jeju Island in Korea, known for its access to clean energy sources and commitment to energy transition, is an example of Hyundai’s existing hydrogen value chain, from production to storage, transportation and use, as well as its human-centric approach to mobility and mobile services, putting firefighters at the center.

Hyundai Motor Group’s Hydrogen Society Ambitions

The hydrogen fuel cell bus is powered by green hydrogen produced at the Jeju Green Hydrogen Production Complex and demonstrates how the Group is building a hydrogen-based ecosystem, accelerating the development of a hydrogen society.

This is demonstrated by Hyundai’s XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty truck, which is used in 10 countries, including the U.S. and Switzerland. It recently achieved a cumulative driving distance of 10 million km in Switzerland in the four years since its introduction to service there, confirming the brand’s global leadership in hydrogen technology and reliability. The Group also strengthened its hydrogen leadership by “appointing Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company, as Co-Chairman of the Hydrogen Council.”

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Hyundai Motor Group donates hydrogen fuel cell bus for rescue operations by firefighters during their duties. Source