Queensland gets five hydrogen-powered NEXOs on the road

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Queensland’s first hydrogen-powered cars have hit the road, with five Hyundai NEXO fuel cell vehicles joining the Government fleet.

The NEXO fleet was launched at Brisbane’s GABBA by Queensland Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni. The Hyundai-sponsored Brisbane Lions were also present to show support for the State’s hydrogen revolution, ahead of the final-round AFL clash.

Designed to drive awareness for cleaner and greener transport solutions, the NEXO fleet is dressed in an eye-catching indigenous-inspired livery. Created by Brisbane-based indigenous-owned company Iscariot Media, the design features a hydrogen nucleus and the Brisbane River (Miawar).

“It’s sure to help inspire Queenslanders to think about how we can play a part in the evolution of clean, renewable transport,” said Minister de Brenni.

The NEXO fleet was leased as part of the Government’s fuel cell electric vehicle trial, which aims to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen technology and support Queensland’s push to become a global hydrogen superpower.

“[The trial] will demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of hydrogen for passenger vehicles and possibly lead the way for hydrogen’s roll-out to trucks, trains and marine applications.”

“This, in turn, helps grow our local hydrogen supply chain and that means more jobs for Queenslanders in this emerging sector.”

While the transport sector is currently Queensland’s second-largest source of greenhouse emissions, Minister de Brenni suggested it could, rather ironically, be the vehicle for dealing with climate change.

“The Queensland Government has set a target of zero net emissions by 2050 and the transition to low and zero-emission electric vehicles will be a significant driver of this target being met,” he said.

With over 100 electric vehicles in the fleet, QFleet is well on track to hit its target of 144 electric vehicles by the end of the year, and 288 by the end of 2022.

Jun Heo, Hyundai Motor Company CEO, said Hyundai is proud to see the deployment of its cutting-edge hydrogen vehicle into the Queensland Government fleet.

“We congratulate the Queensland Government for its vision and advanced policy as the state moves towards a zero-emissions future with hydrogen as a key component. Meanwhile, Hyundai continues its long-term drive towards leadership in eco-friendly vehicles.”

“The safe, practical and zero-emissions NEXO is a cornerstone in the Hyundai profile, complementing our hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, IONIQ and Kona Electric.”

Source: Queensland Government | Queensland’s first hydrogen cars hit the road

24 August 2021

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