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Hyundai continues to lead the way in creating a renewable future for Australia after securing an order for 20 next-generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles to the ACT Government – the first order of its kind in Australia.

A vision for Australia’s future

Hyundai is set to deliver 20 hydrogen-powered vehicles to the ACT Government as part of a landmark project to create 100 per cent renewable energy in the territory by 2020.

The $23 million Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth in Canberra will also include the Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3 project, which will provide renewable electricity for a Siemens hydrogen refueler capable of powering over 1000 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

The 20 next-generation FCEVs supplied by Hyundai are due for launch in 2018 and will replace the company’s current ix35 Fuel Cell, the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle.

Significantly, this is the first order of hydrogen-powered cars in Australia’s history. Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, Mr Charlie Kim, paid tribute to all parties involved in the coming together of this incredible project.

“We commend the vision and ambition of everyone responsible for the Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth and Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3,” Mr Kim said. “We hope this brilliant project inspires others to see the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel for our cars. This first small step towards a zero-emissions transport solution for Australia is very significant and we are proud to be involved.”

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The 5 W’s


20 hydrogen-powered FCEVs to be delivered to the ACT Government – the first order of its kind in Australia’s history – as part of the territory’s Renewable Transport Fuel Tests Berth.


Hyundai have developed the next-generation FCEVs, while the ACT Government is delivering the renewable-energy project. The Hornsdale Wind Farm has been developed by independent power producer Neoen and renewable energy investor Megawatt.

Where: The Hornsdale Wind Farm and its 105 wind turbines are located north of Jamestown in South Australia.

Why: The Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth is a project by the ACT Government that aims to produce 100 per cent zero emissions by 2020.

When: The project, set to begin in 2018 with the launch of Hyudnai’s next-generation FCEVs, is part of the ACT’s aim to create 100 per cent zero emissions by 2020.

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How do FCEVs work?

The current Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell – the first hydrogen-powered car to be mass produced in Australia – is a marvel of modern engineering. To power the motor, it generates electricity from the reaction of hydrogen and air with electrodes from its fuel cell stack. This means it emits only water (instead of exhaust fumes) from the tail pipe. The motor produces 100kW and 300Nm and can reach 100kmh in 12.4 seconds, with a top speed of 160kmh.

Since hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is currently lacking in Australia, Hyundai built its own hydrogen refuelling station at its Macquarie Park headquarters in Sydney to power the ix35 Fuel Cell. Now, the Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3 project will add to Australia’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure with the development of a state-of-the-art Siemens Sylizer System that, at full capacity, can provide fuel-grade hydrogen gas for over 1,000 zero-emission FCEVs.

Hyundai’s next-generation FCEVs, set to be launched in 2018, are yet to be named, but Hyundai has confirmed they will be in the form of an SUV.

Find out more about the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell from clicking the video below.