Song Ho-Sung, president and CEO of Kia Motors, told reporters at the “Hydrogen Mobility Show” in South Korea that Kia will focus on employing hydrogen technology for the military first, with passenger vehicles following in 2028. He also stated that the first hydrogen-powered Kia vehicles will be “mostly multi-purpose vehicles.” Our Korean isn’t very sophisticated, but we assume he’s referring to SUVs and MPVs.
Kia’s CEO is referring to military technology that includes hydrogen fuel-cell emergency generators as well as automobiles. Kia plans to convert its entire fleet of military vehicles to FCEVs over time, Beginning with the smallest and lightest command vehicles and progressing to heavier trucks and weapon-equipped vehicles.
In comparison to BEVs, FCEVs are better suited for military use because refueling takes less time than charging. In addition, the company plans to replace existing power sources (diesel generators, batteries, and so on) with hydrogen-focused solutions that are faster, more efficient, and emission-free.