Hydrogen-powered cars should co-exist with fully electric vehicles, automakers said after Tritium chief executive Jane Hunter raised questions over the federal government’s hydrogen push.

Ms Hunter, which plans to list electric vehicle fast charging group Tritium on the US’s Nasdaq stock market, has urged the federal government to make it clear that electric vehicles will provide most of Australia’s future cars, utes and vans, not internal combustion engines (ICE) or hydrogen vehicles.

Hyundai’s Nexo is the first hydrogen-fuelled vehicle to be certified by the Australian government for use on the road. 

Hydrogen has a future role to play in industrial uses and may have a role to play in long-haul transport, but it’s no longer competing with electric light vehicles,” Ms Hunter said.

“It’s very important that the government gets behind e-mobility as soon as possible, as there are families, young men and women and pensioners out buying expensive new ICE cars every day, and these will rapidly devalue and become stranded assets.”

The federal government has named hydrogen as a priority technology in its road map for shifting Australia to lower emissions.

But Korean automaker Hyundai is developing both hydrogen-powered and fully electric vehicles, believing that hydrogen will be in demand for longer range, larger vehicles, while smaller cars that drive around cities will be electric.

“We think it’s important not to criticise one technology over the other, or pick a ‘winner,’” said Hyundai’s general manager of corporate communications, Bill Thomas. “In the end, we need zero-emissions transport to be the winner.”

Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered NEXO cars, which have zero emissions, a range of 666 kilometres and a refuelling time of three to five minutes are now on the roads in Canberra after the ACT government leased 20 of them.

Extracted in full from: Hydrogen vehicles to ‘happily co-exist’ with EVs (afr.com)

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