Toyota Australia teams up with Ampol, Hyundai, Pacific Energy to build hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Canberra

(Left to Right) Pacific Energy Non-Executive Chairman Cliff Lawrenson, Hyundai Australia CEO Ted Lee, Toyota Australia President and CEO Matthew Callachor, Ampol CEO Matthew Halliday. Image credit: Toyota Australia

Toyota Australia has joined forces with Ampol, Hyundai Australia, and Pacific Energy to develop hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in Canberra. 

The collaboration will bring together the expertise and capabilities of each partner, affirming a commitment to work together to build a more sustainable future. 

“Hydrogen can play an important role in delivering decarbonisation benefits for transport and developing the right infrastructure to support a successful rollout is key,” said Matt Halliday, managing director and CEO of Ampol. 

“The MOU establishes a collaborative working relationship between the parties, who are all required to develop the necessary hydrogen ecosystem to make hydrogen use as a transport fuel feasible.”

Hyundai and Toyota currently have FCEV fleets operating in Australia today, while Ampol and Pacific Energy are heavily investing in energy solutions to support customers through the energy transition. 

In 2021, Hyundai launched 23 NEXO Fuel Cell EVs in Canberra as a partner in the ACT Government’s hydrogen station project, the first-ever hydrogen refueller of its kind in Australia. 

“Our consortium partners have a great track record of deploying energy and refuelling infrastructure, along with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai looks forward to working with our experienced partner companies and the broader government and business community in the ACT to help the transition to a cleaner and greener transport future,” said Ted Lee, CEO of Hyundai Australia. 

Matthew Callachor, president and CEO of Toyota Australia, said Toyota began scaling its hydrogen capability in Australia in 2018, starting with local trials of Mirai FCEV sedan and then with the establishment of Victoria’s first hydrogen production, storage and refuelling facility. 

“This month, we announced plans to locally assemble and distribute the EODev GEH2 fuel cell generator in Australia and this joint collaboration announced today provides further opportunities to explore and grow this vital technology,” Callachor said said.