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Hyundai ix35 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Test Vehicle Arrives In Australia Photo:
Trevor Collett | Dec, 10 2014 | 1 Comment

A Hyundai ix35 powered by hydrogen fuel cells has landed in Australia, and the Korean carmaker says it’s here to stay.

That makes it the first hydrogen-powered car from a major carmaker to be permanently based in Australia, and Hyundai will use it for testing and demonstrating purposes starting early next year.

Green-car enthusiasts may be asking where Hyundai plans to get the hydrogen to refuel it, but the Korean carmaker plans to install its own refuelling station.

The ‘bowser’ will be located at Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters in Sydney, and will be another ‘hydrogen first’ for Australia.

“In February 2013, Hyundai became the first automobile manufacturer in the world to begin mass-production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle - the ix35 Fuel Cell,” Hyundai Australia CEO, Charlie Kim, said.

“This gave [us] the ability to order a fuel cell electric vehicle in the same way as we order any other new Hyundai car. Now we have one, and we believe this fantastic car will help demonstrate the potential of hydrogen as a green transport solution for Australia.”

Coregas will partner with Hyundai to provide the hydrogen fuel, while the refuelling station comes from Air Products in the US.

In 2015, the station will be run by solar power and the hydrogen generated on site using solar energy and electrolysers for ‘fully-green’ operation.

Mr Kim said Hyundai has met with the Federal Government in Canberra on several occasions seeking support for its project, and reactions have been “very positive”.

A major goal for the carmaker is “Hume By Hydrogen”; linking Sydney and Melbourne via Canberra with sufficient hydrogen stations.

The ix35 Fuel Cell isn’t new, but is yet to be offered ‘for sale’ in any market.

Customers in the US can now lease an example for US$499 per month plus a US$2500 down-payment, but that amount includes the required hydrogen fuel.

Hyundai Australia plans to import more hydrogen ix35s in the future as part of a test fleet.

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