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Hyundai serious about hydrogen in New Zealand

Having cemented pole position in the battery-fed electric car sales race, Hyundai would like to now set the pace with the fuel of the future: hydrogen.

Local distributor Hyundai New Zealand says it would love to have its Nexo, the latest car the parent in South Korea has produced to employ the hydrogen fuel cell technology it has developed, if not for sale then at least for demonstration. However, it admits the hatchback is foiled by an obvious issue – lack of any readily available fuel source.

Even though the Government recently provided $950,000 to Taranaki’s Hiringa Energy to scope the engineering and design of hydrogen generation facilities, resolving this challenge might take years.

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