Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the vehicles will be fuelled by hydrogen manufactured within the state.
“This trial aims to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen technology and support Queensland’s push to position itself as a global hydrogen superpower,” he said. “It will demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of hydrogen for passenger vehicles and possibly lead the way for hydrogen’s roll-out to trucks, trains and marine applications.”
New jobs are expected to be created, following future uptake in the vehicles. These will include jobs for sourcing raw materials for renewable hydrogen production and manufacturing technology, as well as exporting the renewable energy to the world market.
Queensland’s current electric vehicle fleet of 100 vehicles is on track to hit an increased target of acquiring 144 electric vehicles by the end of 2021 and 288 by the end of 2022.
The five hydrogen vehicles have joined ‘QFleet’ and will provide transport to deliver community services across the state.
The Queensland Governments ‘QFleet’ is a fleet manager for the Governments 10,000 vehicles across the state. It manages vehicle leasing as well as strategic fleet management services for all vehicles.
The vehicles will aid the Queensland Governments target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.