The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government has placed an order with Hyundai Motor Co. Australia for 20 next-generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) – in what the automaker is calling the largest hydrogen-powered car order in the country.
According to Hyundai, it will provide the 20 FCEVs to the ACT government in 2018 as a part of the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth in Canberra. Servicing and maintenance is included in the package.
The automaker says that the $23 million Test Berth project, delivered by Neoen, Megawatt Capital and Siemens, was made possible through the Hornsdale Windfarm Stage 3 contract with the ACT government.
Hornsdale Windfarm Stage 3 will provide renewably sourced electricity to the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth, which features a Siemens Silyzer System hydrogen refueler. At full capacity, this refueler will be capable of providing fuel-grade hydrogen H2gas for over 1,000 zero-emissions FCEVs traveling an average of 14,000 kilometers a year.
This advanced zero-emissions car, due for launch in 2018, will replace the current ix35 Fuel Cell.
“We commend the vision and ambition of everyone responsible for the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth and Hornsdale Windfarm Stage 3. We hope this brilliant project inspires others to see the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel for our cars,” said Hyundai Motor Co. Australia’s CEO, Charlie Kim. “This first small step toward a zero-emissions transport solution for Australia is very significant, and we are proud to be involved.”