The ACT’ Government’s commitment to renewable technology has extended to the automotive sector, with the Government signing up to purchase a fleet of 20 hydrogen powered cars.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Environment Minister Simon Corbell went cruising in the Hyunda ix35 fuel cell vehicle this week, after announcing the deal which is part of a $180 million investment by Neoen, Union Fenosa and Megawatt Capital.
Corbell said the companies had been successful in the recent ACT 200MW Next Generation Renewables acution, and as part of that needed to make contributions to the Government’s vision of Canberra as a centre for renewable technology.
Although the Hyundai fuel cell car is not yet available to the public, the ACT Government fleet is part of a $23 million Renewable Transport Fuels Test Berth to be established by Neoen in 2018.
This facility is expected to provide enough hydrogen for more than 1000 fuel cell vehicles, with the hydrogen production powered by wind energy.