Ampol and Hyundai partner to tackle zero-emissions vehicle market

A new strategic partnership will see Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) and Ampol share knowledge and implement initiatives to support the uptake of electric battery-powered and fuel cell vehicles in Australia.

The collaboration will allow battery electric vehicle (BEV) owners to access battery charging facilities across Ampol’s growing AmpCharge network and possibly other home-charging and energy offers to follow.

Ampol and HMCA will also target fleet vehicles, aiming to offer integrated solutions that assure fleet owners of ongoing vehicle and charging infrastructure availability for BEV and fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen.

Matthew Halliday, CEO and Managing Director at Ampol, said he’s excited to partner with Hyundai to accelerate the transition to lower emissions energy solutions.

“Partnerships and collaboration across industry will be critical to accelerate the energy transition,” he said. “We know our customers have strong purchasing intentions for battery electric vehicles.

“This new partnership will help support uptake of BEVs among Australian consumers and businesses, while ensuring we can together address and capitalise on issues and opportunities as more of Australia’s vehicle fleet transitions.

“Hydrogen also presents the opportunity to deliver decarbonisation in our transport sector. Given Hyundai’s market-leading work in advancing fuel cell electric vehicle technologies, we are excited to partner together and bring our own knowledge and relationships to further explore opportunities for hydrogen across Australia’s economy.”

John Kett, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Company Australia, said he and his team are equally excited about the partnership.

“At Hyundai in Australia and around the world, we talk about ‘Generation One, the first generation who will benefit from our efforts to achieve carbon neutrality,” he said.

“In Hyundai’s case, we will be carbon neutral globally by 2045, and in Australia we will be a technology leader as we bring a broad range of zero-emission vehicles to market.

“We see partnerships with advanced, highly capable companies like Ampol as critical to driving the uptake of zero-emission vehicles in Australia – and importantly, the infrastructure that will power this transition.” 

Recently opening its first site under the AmpCharge banner, Ampol’s initial series of 120 EV fast charging sites at Ampol stores is due to be complete by the end of 2023. They are still exploring how the use of hydrogen will be applied practically.

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