Hyundai first to register hydrogen car fleet in Australia

A fleet of 20 zero-emission Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles have been registered in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), set to hit the road later this month.

The NEXO fleet represents the first deployment of fully certified, ADR-approved Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in Australia.

“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,” said Jun Heo, Chief Executive Officer at Hyundai Motor Company Australia.

“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.”

Hyundai’s NEXO has a range of 666km, with a refuelling time of three to five minutes. Australia’s first publicly available hydrogen station is set to open later this month and will provide the capability for refuelling the fleet.

The zero-emission fleet will emit only water vapour from its exhaust and purify the air as it drives. It also features the latest autonomous driving capabilities and operates using a near-silent electric drivetrain.

“Tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this,” said Mr Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability.

The Queensland Government has also embraced the use of hydrogen transport, with a fleet of five Hyundai NEXO SUVs presently on a ship to Australia.

Source: Hyundai Motor Company Australia | First hydrogen car fleet registered in Australia, with 20 Hyundai NEXO SUVs set to hit ACT roads 

4 March 2021

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