Hyundai NEXO, First Hydrogen Vehicle to Hit Australian Roads

The introduction of the NEXO fleet represents the first deployment of fully certified, ADR-approved FCEVs in Australia, as well as the first use of hydrogen vehicles by a Government in Australia. The progress is in sync with the Government's National Hydrogen Strategy - establishing Australia at the forefront of the global hydrogen industry by 2030.

March 04, 2021. By News Bureau

South Korean-based automotive manufacturer – Hyundai Motor Company has announced a total of 20 zero-emission Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been registered and are set to hit the road in March as part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government fleet.

The introduction of the NEXO fleet represents the first deployment of fully certified, ADR-approved FCEVs in Australia, as well as the first use of hydrogen vehicles by a Government in Australia. The progress is in sync with the Government's National Hydrogen Strategy, towards establishing Australia at the forefront of the global hydrogen industry by 2030.

Talking about the introduction of hydrogen vehicles, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury said, “The NEXO fleet deployment is a positive step towards mitigating climate change. Tackling climate change means tackling transport pollution, and zero-emission vehicle technology is a key part of this.”

The country’s first publicly available hydrogen station is scheduled to open in Canberra in March 2021 itself and will provide the capability for 700-bar rapid refueling of the NEXO fleet.

Soon after the deployment of the initial 20 NEXO vehicles for the ACT Government, it will be followed by a fleet of five of the FCEVs for the QLD government, which are presently on a ship to Australia.

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

NEXO has a range of 666km (WLTP), with a refueling time of three to five minutes, in an SUV that emits only water vapour from its exhaust and purifies the air as it drives, thereby marking a climate-friendly signature.

 

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