Hyundai’s first fully electric vehicle had its first test run on Australian roads in Queensland.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said Queensland is home to the Electric Super Highway – the world’s longest in a single state and an infrastructure investment that is determining car maker policy for the entire country.
Mr Bailey said the Premier recently visited Hyundai’s headquarters in South Korea to see electric and hydrogen-powered vehicle technology and was able to drive the NEXO, Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.
“These technologies complement the Palaszczuk Government’s electric vehicle strategy, which identifies 16 initiatives to help shift Queensland to an environmentally friendly EV fleet,” Mr Bailey said.
The government will also be launching a Queensland Hydrogen Strategy next year.
Mr Bailey said Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Superhighway was powered by super-fast charging stations supplied by Tritium.
“The fact that drivers can travel approximately 1800km, from Coolangatta to Cairns, using the latest EV charging technology gave Hyundai the impetus it needed to invest into bringing its IONIQ electric vehicle to Australia, and choosing Queensland as its launchpad into the Australian market,” Mr Bailey said.
“Tritium is changing the face of the global EV industry and is a great home-grown Queensland success story.”
Member for Bulimba, Di Farmer, said funding under the State Government’s Advance Queensland initiatives helped Tritium establish their headquarters and main manufacturing plant at Murarrie.
“Tritium which employs more than 250 staff and exports to 26 countries is now powering electric vehicles around the globe,” Ms Farmer said.