Canberra will roll out first hydrogen vehicles in Australia’s history
The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Government has announced a landmark project which includes Australia’s first-ever order for hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai Motor Company Australia will provide 20 next-generation vehicles to the government in 2018, as a part of the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth in Canberra. Servicing and maintenance is included in the package.
The $23 million Test Berth project, delivered by Neoen, Megawatt Capital and Siemens, was made possible through the Hornsdale Windfarm Stage 3 contract with the ACT Government. The Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth features a state-of-the-art Siemens Silyzer System hydrogen refueler, which at full capacity will be capable of providing fuel-grade hydrogen H2gas for over 1000 zero-emissions fuel cell vehicles traveling an average of 14,000km a year – and it does so without using any fossil fuels.
The hydrogen cars supplied by Hyundai will be next-generation fuel cell vehicles. This advanced zero-emissions car, due for launch in 2018, will replace the current ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle. Hyundai Motor Company Australia was the first car company in Australia to fully import a hydrogen-powered vehicle into the country – an ix35 Fuel Cell in 2015 – and first to install a hydrogen refueler for light vehicles in Australia.
“Hyundai’s leadership in hydrogen has been rewarded with a contract to supply 20 of our next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the ACT Government,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, Charlie Kim. “We commend the vision and ambition of everyone responsible for the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Birth and Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3. We hope this brilliant project inspires others to see the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel for our cars.”