H2X to build hydrogen vehicles in New South Wales

Hydrogen vehicles are set to be manufactured in New South Wales by Australian company H2X from as early as next year, according to CEO Brendan Norman.

H2X is aiming to produce 20,000 hybrid vehicles from a plant at Port Kembla by 2025, in a move that will create about 5,000 direct jobs, mostly based in the Illawarra region of NSW.

“From July onward we’ll be starting to hire people and put people to work on different parts of the project,” said Norman.

“We’re looking to go into aggressive production from 2022, but we will have a start in production from 2021.

“We’ll predominantly use hydrogen as the main energy storage but will also make sure we take advantage of the best way to use power from battery sources.”

Norman said Port Kembla was an attractive location for the factory due to its access to the port and existing hydrogen projects being explored in the region.

H2X has already developed several prototypes of hybrid cars and agricultural machinery, with a view to producing passenger vehicles in the future.