With discussion on the future of Australia’s transport fleet growing daily, Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA) focuses on the use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have a long range, quick refuelling times and mass carrying ability, hydrogen-powered transport is set to be an integral part of Australia’s transition to a zero-emission transport sector.
In Australia, Hyundai and Toyota are significantly investing in the roll out of hydrogen vehicles by building hydrogen refuelling stations and introducing cars to the country in anticipation of hydrogen transport in the future.
Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV, the NEXO, will be available available in Australia this year, with the first 20 vehicles being deployed in the ACT towards the end of year.
“While hydrogen-powered vehicles are a relatively small part of the Australian market today, they represent an important pathway to decarbonise the sector across all transport segements.”
Claire Johnson, CEO of Hydrogen Mobility Australia
In many places, lack of hydrogen infrastructure is noted as one of the main hold backs to the uptake of hydrogen-powered vehicles, and Australia has some way to go on this forefront.
Through the National Hydrogen Strategy, endorsed by COAG in December (2018), Australian governments have committed to scope the opportunity to build hydrogen refuelling station in very Australia state and territory.
Hydrogen Mobility Australia CEO, Claire Johnson said that as the industry advocate for zero-emission vehicle technology, both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have an equally important role to play with their uptake determined by the lifestyle and usage patterns of consumers and businesses.
“Through their relative strengths and weaknesses, both types of electric vehicles, that is hydrogen fuel cell and battery, can work together to ensure an orderly transition away from the internal combustion engine,” said Johnson.
“While hydrogen-powered vehicles are relatively small part of the Australian market today, they represent an important pathway to decarbonise the sector across all transport segments.”
“It’s time to put the rhetoric to the side and determine which zero-emission technology options best meets the needs of our transport users now and into the future to work together to make a clean transport sector a reality for all Australians,” Johnson concluded.
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