In a Queensland first, the Palaszczuk Government will trial five Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) powered by home-grown hydrogen.
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement Mick de Brenni said the three-year trial would help underpin the development of Queensland’s domestic hydrogen industry.
“This trial will accelerate our journey towards establishing Queensland as a renewable energy superpower,” Mr de Brenni said.
“By demonstrating that lower-emission technology is cost-effective, the Palaszczuk Government will lead the way in cleaner transport solutions while delivering value for money to taxpayers.
“Transport systems around the world are undergoing a major phase of transformation with the rise of electric vehicles.
“We are taking an active role in preparing for these transformations as we move towards cleaner transport solutions.”
Hyundai NEXOs can be refuelled in five minutes with hydrogen to be manufactured in Queensland by BOC Australia.
The new vehicles will join the growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) already in the Government fleet.
“We’ve got a QFleet Electric Vehicle Strategy in place to boost the number of EVs in the Government fleet,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Our commitment is to double the number of EVs in QFleet each year, a target we are on track to meet.
“I will continue to ensure the shift to electric models as vehicles fall due for replacement over the coming months and years in order to lead the development of the EV and hydrogen sectors.
“The Nexus scored top marks in crash safety tests and is a terrific looking vehicle too.”
Negotiations are already underway with vehicle manufacturers to pave the way for early access to new models when released onto the Australian market.