Hydrogen-powered cars will be added to the Queensland Government’s vehicle fleet to accelerate the state’s drive towards a hydrogen-fueled future. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the fuel cell vehicles would be integrated into QFleet as part of the $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024. “We’re ensuring Queensland is at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia,” she said.
In addition, Minister for State Development Cameron Dick commented: “Queensland’s established infrastructure, first-class export facilities and abundant solar resources and land mean we are well-positioned to be the global partner of choice for hydrogen industry and investment opportunities,” he said. “The trial of the first fuel cell vehicles, which emit only heat and water while driving, is an exciting initiative.”
Moreover, Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the fuel cell vehicles were a logical addition to the Government’s renewable energy, job-creating agenda, and that they plan to include Hyundai and Toyota vehicles in the trial as they are at the forefront of fuel cell technology.
Hyundai Senior Manager Scott Nargar said the company was delighted to be working with the Queensland Government to showcase the many benefits of hydrogen-powered transport. “We’re excited to see the commitment of Queensland to a clean transport future and look forward to our hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the NEXO driving on Brisbane roads soon,” he commented.
Toyota Australia Manager Matt Macleod said he welcomed the Queensland Government’s support for a local hydrogen industry. “The adoption of hydrogen-based solutions aligns with Toyota’s commitment to show the benefits of fuel cell vehicles to the general public and bring zero CO2 vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai to the Australian market in the future,” he said.
Minister Dick said BOC would supply the renewable hydrogen to fuel the vehicles and install a hydrogen refueling station at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane. “The Palaszczuk Government has been working with BOC and QUT to deliver both the renewable hydrogen plant at Bulwer Island and the development of a hydrogen vehicle refueling station in Brisbane, which will allow the fuel cell vehicles to be integrated into QFleet,” he added.
Source: Government of Queensland