Walkinshaw Automotive Group and Countrywide Hydrogen will accomplice to offer hydrogen gas cell (FCEV) vehicles in Australia.
Each have agreed to assessment and contemplate the event of hydrogen-based truck and prime movers for the Australian market.
Countrywide Hydrogen goals to have its first hydrogen manufacturing within the first half of 2025 in Tasmania.
The supply of FCEV vehicles in Australia from authentic tools producers (OEMs), most well-liked by highway transport operators and financiers, is low or lacking with most going to left-hand drive markets in Europe and North America, that means no right-hand drive vehicles can be found in any amount for Australia.
Countrywide and Walkinshaw say they wish to cater to this Australian market alternative.
The 2 events will discover the importation of left-hand drive gas cell vehicles to then convert them to right-hand drive. Walkinshaw is delivering 70 such conversions day by day with RAM and Silverado within the 4WD ute class, working straight with a number of OEMs.
An alternative choice will probably be securing truck our bodies with out an engine or drive practice to be fitted out with the commercially out there Toyota gas cell and electrical drive practice.
“This partnership with Walkinshaw will assist to quick observe the introduction of hydrogen gas cell vehicles throughout Australia, and follows our settlement to provide inexperienced hydrogen vehicles to 7R Logistics to transition their Tasmanian fleet from diesel to zero-emission gas cell vehicles,” says Countrywide managing director Geoffrey Drucker.
He says the undertaking has an additional advantage to the Australian financial system because it enhances the Federal Authorities’s aim to rebuild the nation’s manufacturing, particularly the place there’s a optimistic clear vitality affect.
Walkinshaw Group managing director Joel Stoddart says the collaboration might see the FCEV truck alternative prolonged to different right-hand drive markets reminiscent of New Zealand and South Africa.
Countrywide Hydrogen is a completely owned subsidiary of ASX-listed firm ReNu Power Restricted and develops renewable hydrogen tasks in Australia and overseas the place offtake alternatives and ample renewable vitality sources prevail.
The corporate has 4 tasks underneath growth in Australia and one in Southeast Asia
Victoria-headquartered Walkinshaw Group’s broad vary of companies embody manufacturing and engineering partnerships, Walkinshaw Efficiency, Walkinshaw Sports activities and the Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars Crew.
Walkinshaw additionally offers consulting, engineering and design providers to a various vary of business individuals, and it produces greater than 12,000 autos yearly and employs at the least 1200 individuals.