Hyundai has beaten other carmakers to the punch, and is the first to register hydrogen-powered cars for use on Australian roads.
Twenty Hyundai Nexo SUVs have been registered for use in the ACT as part of the ACT Government’s fleet, and will be in use on the territory’s roads later this month. This marks the first public deployment of fully certified, zero emission, ADR-approved Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in Australia.
“Tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this,” said ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury MLA.
First publicly available hydrogen station
The use of the cars in the fleet later this month (March 2021) will be very closely followed by Australia’s first publicly available hydrogen station, situated in Canberra and providing the capability for 700-bar rapid refuelling of the fleet.
These hydrogen NEXO cars have a range of 666km (WLTP), and will fully refuel in a time of three to five minutes.
“The deployment of 20 NEXO fuel cell electric vehicles for the ACT government is a significant milestone in Hyundai’s long-term commitment to hydrogen as a key to zero-emissions transport solutions for Australia,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.
“As part of a line-up that includes the hybrid and plug-in hybrid IONIQ, and the pure electric IONIQ and Kona models, NEXO also underscores Hyundai’s leadership in eco-mobility,” he said.
“As a co-founder of the Australian Hydrogen Council, Hyundai is proud of the work carried out to date, to help develop and grow a sustainable hydrogen industry in Australia.”
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