Hyundai welcomes demo hydrogen truck funding

Thursday 1 Apr 2021

Hyundai New Zealand has received NZ$500,000 from round nine of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF) administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The fund offers up to $6.5 million to projects that will accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and other low emission vehicles.

The co-funding will help support Hyundai New Zealand to purchase and deploy an initial fleet of five zero emission hydrogen FCEV trucks into New Zealand and enter real-world daily logistics operations.

“We have long been a champion locally for the use of electric vehicles and alternative fuel technologies, and now have an opportunity to help fast track the large-scale adoption of alternative green fuels in the New Zealand road freight sector,” Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair says.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate FCEVs as a heavy duty, reliable, cost effective replacement for diesel trucks and produce evidence of which contexts they have advantages over battery electric, being primarily longer range, shorter refuelling time and greater payload.

“The project will allow us to gain insight with vehicle efficiencies and driving range while in-service with two types of configurations in the form of a rigid truck application and/or combination trailer towing applications,” Sinclair says.

“EECA considered there was value in supporting the project, as it will provide rich data on the viability, supply of fuel and vehicles and operational cost comparatives in the New Zealand heavy freight transport context,” EECA’s Transport Portfolio Manager Richard Briggs says.

Hyundai Motor Company and Swiss company H2 Energy with the support of the Swiss Government entered into a joint venture and formed the Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility in 2019. The first shipment of Fuel Cell Electric Trucks (known as XCIENT FCEV) are in operation on Swiss roads as part of a 1600 unit delivery programme by 2025.

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Source: transporttalk

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