Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) and Australian energy distributor-retailer Ampol have partnered to support the transition to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) in Australia.
The companies will share knowledge and both short and long-term initiatives to promote transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and to explore development and use of hydrogen in Australia’s transport sector.
Ampol and Hyundai will work together to help accelerate the transition of fleet vehicles to BEVs and improve fleet owner confidence in vehicle and charging infrastructure availability for the switch to ZEVs.
In addition, the partnership will explore the development of hydrogen infrastructure and fleets, collaborating on opportunities for public funding of new hydrogen infrastructure.
The two companies also will collaborate on programs to provide Hyundai BEV customers access to BEV charging offers across Ampol’s growing AmpCharge network, as well as bundled energy offers incorporating home charging and broader energy solutions.
“Partnerships and collaboration across industry will be critical to accelerate the energy transition” said Ampol CEO and Managing Director Matthew Halliday. “This new partnership will help support uptake of BEVs among Australian consumers and businesses, while ensuring we can together address and capitalize 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.”
“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” commented Jon Kett, HMCA COO. “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.”
Transitioning to provide BEV drivers a range of charging solutions, Ampol recently opened its first sites under the AmpCharge banner, the start of an initial roll out of 120 EV fast charging sites at Ampol stores by the end of 2023.
This new infrastructure will be complemented by new at-destination charging solutions, a home charging offer, along with an offer for fleet customers connected with theAmpolCard fuel card. Ampol is also exploring the use of hydrogen across key customer segment, working with customers across the Australian economy.