- Coregas, a Wesfarmers company, has signed a vehicle supply agreement for two of Hyzon Motors’ hydrogen fuel cell-powered prime mover trucks, to be delivered in 2022
- Vehicles expected to be the first hydrogen-powered heavy trucks operating in Australia, deployed at Coregas’ hydrogen production facility in New South Wales
- Coregas expected to build the first commercial hydrogen refuelling station in Australia, collaborating with Hyzon to drive greater uptake of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles
ROCHESTER, N.Y. and FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – July 14, 2021: Hyzon Motors Inc., a leading global supplier of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered heavy vehicles, today announced that its Australian subsidiary has signed a definitive vehicle supply agreement with Australian industrial gases company Coregas Pty Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian Securities Exchange-listed conglomerate Wesfarmers (ASX:WES), to deliver two hydrogen fuel cell-powered prime movers to New South Wales, Australia.
This comes ahead of Hyzon’s public listing via a proposed business combination with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: DCRB).
The Hyzon Hymax-450 prime movers are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2022 and to mark the first hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles to operate in Australia.
The prime movers should be immediately deployed upon arrival from Hyzon’s manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, replacing Coregas’ existing diesel fleet and transporting speciality gases, including hydrogen, to Coregas customers in Sydney and wider New South Wales. Decarbonization opportunities will be immediate with the project expected to deliver emissions reductions of 50% in comparison with trucks currently in use.
Coregas, a Wesfarmers company, is a leader in industrial gases with a 40-year history in the generation and distribution of industrial gases, including operating Australia’s largest merchant hydrogen plant in Port Kembla, which supplies customers across various sectors including manufacturing and mobility. Coregas is actively pursuing hydrogen as an energy source through participation in projects aimed at accelerating the energy transition across Australia.
Coregas is also in the process of developing Australia’s first commercial vehicle hydrogen refuelling station at its Port Kembla facility to support both the Hyzon hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles and the refuelling of trucks and buses operators by third parties.
The project represents a strategic first step in developing a broader hydrogen ecosystem. Port Kembla and Illawarra-Shoalhaven are primed to be an epicentre of the emerging hydrogen sector possessing several advantages to foster the development of the thriving domestic and export hydrogen sector.
Hyzon and Coregas are actively pursuing the opportunity to scale up hydrogen-powered trucking. The parties are actively engaging with companies operating in and around the port on the opportunity to transition to hydrogen and decarbonize the heavy vehicle fleet. Currently, around 7,000 trucks travel between the region and Sydney each day.
The New South Wales Government has recently announced a $70 million package to support the establishment of hydrogen hubs in the state, with Port Kembla identified as a priority location given its deep-water port, electricity and gas infrastructure, water recycling plant, road and rail connections, R&D presence, and sizeable heavy-duty vehicle fleet.
“Hyzon is proud to partner with Coregas in our shared effort to decarbonize Australia’s heavy trucking industry,” said Craig Knight, CEO and Co-Founder of Hyzon. “This partnership reflects two truths about the energy transition: first, that the technology is ready to be deployed now; second, that collaborative efforts are integral in accelerating this shift. We are excited to work with Coregas to introduce hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks to Australia.”
Coregas is delighted to partner with Hyzon on the first hydrogen-powered heavy trucks operating in Australia.
“Coregas is working hard to apply our expertise in hydrogen distribution, compression and storage to Australia’s transition to a hydrogen economy,” said Alan Watkins, Executive General Manager from Coregas. “Transforming the transport sector is a critical piece of the puzzle, and we are delighted to partner with Hyzon to operate these vehicles out of our Hydrogen refueling station in Port Kembla.”
As a Wesfarmers company, Coregas is the only Australian-owned gases company. Coregas services a huge range of industries and has a wealth of experience and knowledge spanning over 40 years. Coregas manufacture gases locally and distribute throughout Australia and New Zealand via a network of branches and third parties. Products include industrial gases, medical gases and specialty gases in quantities ranging from single cylinders to bulk liquid tanks. Coregas is changing the gases industry around the country, seeking to raise the bar in terms of service, quality, and value. Coregas believes the best way to grow the business is to listen to customers and deliver on promises to them.
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