The city of Ryde has long been recognised as Sydney’s technology hub, and today was an exciting day which cemented Ryde’s willingness to embrace new technology. Hyundai Australia launched its ix35 fuel cell SUV this morning at its Macquarie Park headquarters. RBF Board members Andrew Hill and George Papallo attended the launch, as did television news crews from Channel 7 and the ABC. VIPs at the event included The Hon Ian MacFarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Science, and John Alexander MP, Member for Bennelong.
The hydrogen-powered car, Australia’s first, can achieve up to 600kms range on a single tank of fuel, and emits only water. See photos by Andrew Hill here.
The Hyundai headquarters are now also home to Australia’s only (at this stage) hydrogen refuelling station, opened today at the launch.
“We believe this fantastic car will help demonstrate the potential of hydrogen as a green transport solution for Australia,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief executive officer Charlie Kim said.
“HMCA’s Fuel Cell Team has visited Canberra on a number of occasions over the last two years to brief federal ministers about our hydrogen car. The reaction has been very positive.”
“We are taking a bold step into the future and we hope other Australians become as inspired and excited by this technology as we are,” Mr Kim said.
“In February 2013, Hyundai Motor Company became the first automobile manufacturer in the world to begin mass-production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle – the ix35 Fuel Cell. The fact that we have brought one to Australia is testament to how important the Australian market is to Hyundai, and how seriously we take our environmental responsibility.
“Because of the way we build our ix35 Fuel Cells, Hyundai Australia has the ability to order these incredible cars in the same way as we order any new Hyundai cars. We hope to work with governments on all levels to make the technology more widespread,” he said.
In Europe the cost of hydrogen is equivalent to diesel.
Extensive crash, fire and leak testing has also successfully been completed before the cars went into production.