According to The Australian Financial Review, a small Australian company called H2X has unveiled ambitious plans to begin making hydrogen fuel cell powered cars under the 'Snowy' brand by 2022 from a site in Port Kembla in New South Wales.
Brendan Norman, the chief executive of the company, had previously been working with Chinese group Grove Automotive on hydrogen vehicles, and has joined forces with a group of investors and automotive experts to try to bring a new range of homegrown SUVs to the Australian market.
A prototype of the 'Snowy' would likely be ready by mid-2021 and commercial production is being eyed for 2022.
But Mr Norman said the rollout of vehicles to the broader retail market would also depend on the availability of hydrogen filling stations around Australia for motorists wanting to use the new technology.
He said with the sharp economic downturn around the world triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, now was the right time to bring vehicle manufacturing back to Australia. The aim is to use hydrogen fuel cell technology and other green technology to make a range of different vehicles, including passenger cars and industrial vehicles. Under the growth plans, it hopes to have a workforce of 5000 people by 2025. The industrial vehicles are likely to go into commercial production first.
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