Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

A HYUNDAI ix35 Fuel Cell, a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered, zero-emis­sions Fuel Cell Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle (FCEV) built in South Korea, is the first hy­dro­gen-pow­ered car to be per­ma­nently im­ported into Aus­tralia.

Hyundai plans to run a test fleet of ix35 Fuel Cell ve­hi­cles as a pi­o­neer­ing step to­wards the avail­abil­ity of emis­sions-free hy­dro­gen pow­ered ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia.

The in­stal­la­tion of a hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion is now un­der way in Syd­ney.

“We strongly support the idea of a ‘Hy­dro­gen High­way’ in Aus­tralia like those al­ready in op­er­a­tion over­seas,” Hyundai Aus­tralia CEO Charlie Kim said.

In Europe and the US, ‘Hy­dro­gen High­ways’ have been built by gov­ern­ment and pri­vate part­ner­ships for use by FCEVs like the ix35 Fuel Cell, and other hy­dro­gen-pow­ered ve­hi­cles such as buses.

Some of the re­fu­elling sta­tions gen­er­ate their own hy­dro­gen by us­ing so­lar en­ergy and elec­trol­y­sers, cre­at­ing an en­tirely ‘green’ trans­port net­work, with no harm­ful emis­sions or use of fos­sil fu­els.

The ix35 Fuel Cell de­vel­ops 100kW and 300Nm and has a range of nearly 600km, is near-silent in op­er­a­tion and emits noth­ing but wa­ter vapour from its ex­haust pipe.

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