Ports of Auckland has been approved for part-funding for the purchase of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF), administrated by the Energy Efficiency and Conversation Authority (EECA).
Ports of Auckland, along with its project partners Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and KiwiRail will procure a hydrogen fuel cell bus and three hydrogen fuel cell cars as part of its wider project to build a hydrogen fuel production plant.
The co-funding will provide 14% of the estimated cost of these vehicles.
“Collaboration is key to success of a project like this, which is breaking new ground in an effort to stem climate change. This is why we’re working with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, KiwiRail and Arup. Having government support as well is a real boost,” said Rosie Mercer, Ports of Auckland’s Hydrogen Project Manager.
“This ties into our low emission bus roadmap and commitment to clean technology. It could be part of the answer, along with electricity, for our buses and is also a possible energy source for harbour ferries,” said Darek Koper, Auckland Transport Bus Services Manager.
Last year, Ports of Auckland committed to building a hydrogen production and refuelling facility at it Waitematã port, a first for Auckland. The facility is set to be operational by the end of this year.