First hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexo vehicles arrive in Australia

The hydrogen revolution in Australia has begun, with the first 20 hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo vehicles arriving in the nation’s capital, ready to be introduced into the ACT Government’s fleet.

With the ACT Government introducing strict targets as part of their goal of producing zero emissions from Government operations by 2040, the Nexo provides a clean transport option while furthering the county’s commitment to a hydrogen economy.

The Nexo is the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV) to be approved for sale in Australia after receiving its Australian Design Rules (ADR) and comes with an ANCAP five-star safety rating.

Powered by a 120kW/394nM electric motor, the vehicle has an official driving range of 666 kilometres and can be refuelled in as little as three minutes, while producing nothing but water.

While the arrival of the first fleet of FCEV’s is exciting news for the future of hydrogen in Australia, we will have to wait a little while longer before we start seeing the vehicles in action on the road.

The fleet of Nexo’s will not be deployed among Government departments until later this year when the country’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling station is opened in Canberra.

When completed, the station will be capable of refuelling vehicles at 700-bar and join Hyundai’s private refuelling station located at the company’s Sydney headquarters as the only operational facilities in Australia.

The arrival of the Nexo has been a long time coming for Hyundai, who are pioneers in Hydrogen fuel-cell technology in Australia.

The company was a co-founder of the Australian Hydrogen Council and are regularly in collaboration with Government organisations and other manufacturers working on accelerating the development of hydrogen infrastructure.

It is an exciting time for hydrogen development in Australia, with the country’s first FCEV manufacturer opening their doors in June, while plans for a $4.2 million hydrogen plant in Gladstone have been established.

Brisbane and Melbourne are both expected to have publicly accessible refuelling stations in operation by the end of 2020, while stations in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wale are being organised.

Australia has also developed a National Hydrogen Strategy, which aims to make Australia global hydrogen leaders by 2030.

Source: EV talk | ACT gets 20 Nexos

22 June 2020

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