Nation’s 1st hydroelectric-powered police bus unveiled

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (center) on Oct. 31 attends a signing ceremony for the adoption of hydroelectric-powered police buses in front of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul. (Hyundai Motor Company)

Nation’s 1st hydroelectric-powered police bus unveiled


Nov. 1, 2019

Global Korean Post


By Kang Gahui and Lee Hana


Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Oct. 31 joined a group of police officers in introducing the country’s first hydroelectric-powered police bus.


Last year on Oct. 24 during an inspection meeting for national affairs, Lee had asked that all police buses based in Seoul’s downtown area of Gwanghwamun Square be replaced with those running on hydroelectricity. A little over a year later, the first such bus was shown to the public.

“By 2028, all police buses will be those powered by hydroelectricity. The new buses will not only improve working conditions for police officers but also create a better environment for Seoul residents,” he said during his visit.

Police buses using conventional internal combustion engines are typically left idle by the roadside for extended periods of time, creating sound and air pollution that civilians have long complained about. The new model, however, releases no harmful gases and was parked on Oct. 31 by Gwanghwamun Square and the National Assembly in Seoul’s Yeouido area for public viewing.


The Korean National Police Agency will purchase two hydroelectric buses next year and gradually replace all police buses with the new model by 2021. Plans for introducing hydroelectric-powered patrol cars are also under review.


With the administration pushing for the development of vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells to reduce particulate matter in the air and pioneer the future car market, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced a plan to develop eco-friendly vehicles by 2030 including hydroelectric-powered maintenance trucks.