QLD government to trial hydrogen fuel cell car fleet

THE Queensland Palaszczuk government will trial five hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as part of its government car fleet.
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Paul Hunt

Senior Journalist: Energy & Commodities

Paul Hunt

 

On Thursday, minister for energy, renewables and hydrogen Mick de Brenni announced a three-year trial of five Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell EVs. 

De Brenni said the vehicles would source hydrogen from domestic producer BOC Australia. 

BOC's facility in Bulwer Island is the state's first hydrogen project and produces green hydrogen using a 220-kilowatt electrolyser and 100kW solar system. Its vehicle fuelling station is in Brisbane.

"This trial will accelerate our journey towards establishing Queensland as a renewable energy superpower," de Brenni said. 

The new initiative adds five EV cars to a fleet that consists of nearly 10,000 diesel and petrol fuelled vehicles. 

According to a government release, the trial is designed to prove hydrogen fuel celled EVs are "cost effective" and deliver "value for money to taxpayers." 

The cost of the EVs was not made public, however in Australia the model retails at between A$85,000 and $90,000 per vehicle. This compares to the Hyundai Santa Fe diesel-powered AWDs which retail at about $51,000.

Last year the government added five EVs to its fleet, albeit they were not hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. the latest addition takes that to 10, or roughly 0.1% of the government's fleet. 

"Our commitment is to double the number of EVs in QFleet each year, a target we are on track to meet," minister De Brenni said.