SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- In theory, hydrogen seems like the perfect energy source to power a vehicle, in that it is the most prevalent element in nature, it can be turned into electricity and emits only water.
It has been several decades since the zero-emission cars entered the public consciousness as a possible way of the future, but hydrogen still hasn't broken into the mainstream as a fuel source for vehicles, with only a handful of models on the market today.
In the wake of the rising popularity of pure electric vehicles (EV), hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) have emerged as a new breed of next-generation car in South Korea with strong backing from the government.
FCEVs run on pressurized hydrogen and create electricity by chemically fusing it with oxygen in a fuel stack.
After years of research and development in hydrogen, Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive group, last year released its dedicated FCEV sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Nexo.
While on a visit to France in October, President Moon Jae-in attended an event to test-drive Hyundai's Nexo and charge it at a station in downtown Paris, his second time trying out the cars. He mentioned hydrogen cars a total of six times in 2018, reflecting the interest his administration has in the technology