Queensland Adds Hydrogen-Powered NEXO to Police Fleet

Queensland is harnessing the power of hydrogen by introducing a fuel-cell electric Hyundai NEXO into the State’s police service.

The NEXO is one of five fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) now being trialled across the Government fleet by frontline workers.

It also joins 13 Mitsubishi EVs now being used by police for general duties, traffic enforcement and investigations.

The deployment will let the Queensland Police Service (QPS) experience the unique benefits of zero-emission FCEVs while showcasing the technology to the public.

The NEXO will be wearing eye-catching QPS body wrap, lights, and sirens – providing a highly visible milestone for the Government’s efforts to implement Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the NEXO contains all the essential technology and performance measures to be used for general policing duties.

“Importantly, they offer ultra-quick refuelling and high efficiency – they will be able to be refuelled commercially in just five minutes,” he said.

“Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles also have a better range than regular battery-powered options that are available now on the market.”

Initially, the vehicles will be refuelled at the Redlands Research Facility until the completion of Queensland’s first commercial hydrogen refuelling centre. Hydrogen will be produced locally in Queensland.

Minister for Energy and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of fuel cell technology would pave the way for broader applications, including heavy transport, trains, and marine application. Growing the hydrogen industry also means more jobs for Queenslanders.

“By running this vehicle in real-world conditions, we are making sure Queenslanders and Queensland businesses are at the front of the queue for the thousands of jobs our hydrogen industry will create,” Mr de Brenni stated.

Sources:

Hyundai Motor Company | Hydrogen-powered NEXO joins Queensland Police

Queensland Government | Queensland police harness the power of hydrogen 

14 December 2021

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