SYDNEY, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- A fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles to be introduced by the Australian State of Queensland is a landmark step to become a renewable energy leader, government representatives said on Tuesday.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that five new hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) would be added to the state's existing fleet, as part of the 12.8 million U.S. dollar Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024.
"Globally, the race is on for hydrogen to be a new way of transporting clean energy that can provide secure jobs, new industries and export earnings," Palaszczuk said.
"We're ensuring Queensland is at the forefront of renewable hydrogen production in Australia."
The FCEVs, which will be a mix of Toyota and Hyundai models, work in a similar fashion to conventional electric vehicles, with hydrogen converted into electricity by the fuel cell and the only emissions being water vapour and warm air.
The Queensland government is pushing to see safe, affordable and environmentally friendly hydrogen vehicles a reality on the state's roadways and beyond.
A crucial step to achieve that vision is providing the infrastructure to support it, which includes hydrogen refuelling stations.
The hydrogen, as well as the refuelling station, to power the government's five new FCEVs will be provided by BOC, a gas and engineering company.
Managing Director of BOC South Pacific John Evans said that the company is proud to leverage its experience to help introduce hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel.
"We congratulate the Queensland government on its commitment to trial FCEVs across its fleet and look forward to establishing world-class production and refuelling facilities that support the emerging hydrogen economy in Queensland," Evans said.