Monday, 24 June 2019 11:25

Moreland Council, Toyota partner on hydrogen fuel cell trial

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Moreland Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud with Toyota Australia's hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai Moreland Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud with Toyota Australia's hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai

Moreland City Council in Victoria is partnering with Toyota Australia to test two hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirais cars as part of its ongoing investigation of options to provide a zero-emissions transport fuel for its commercial vehicle fleet.

The council says that over the next two months it will continue to develop and deliver what it says are “innovative environmental initiatives that help lead the way for the local government sector in Victoria and Australia”.

Moreland Mayor Councillor Natalie Abboud said Moreland had demonstrated its strong support of zero-emissions vehicle technologies over the last six years.

"Moreland has played a leading advocacy role in support of battery electric vehicles, with a current fleet of 14 vehicles – in 2013 we installed Victoria’s first electric vehicle ‘Fast Charge’ station in partnership with the Victorian Government,” she said.

“Six years on, we now have 10 public charging stations across the municipality, free to use 24/7, encouraging the uptake of zero emission modes of transport in the Moreland community.

“This exciting trial, in partnership with Toyota Australia, is a continuation of Moreland’s environmental sustainability journey and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to stimulate development of zero-emissions transport options powered by renewable energy sources.”

Toyota Australia’s manager of Advanced Technology Vehicles, Matt MacLeod, said the loans to Moreland City Council were another important step towards raising public awareness of zero-emissions vehicles.

“Moreland City Council are strong advocates of zero emissions solutions and we look forward to seeing how they use the in-demand Mirai," he said.

Moreland Council says it hopes the trial will strengthen support and stimulate collaboration opportunities to develop a renewable hydrogen generation facility in Moreland, with a view to transitioning its commercial fleet to hydrogen fuel cell technologies over time as vehicles become available.

The Council has announced that the community can follow the trial via its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, with chances to win prizes just for spotting and snapping Moreland’s Toyota Mirais.

“Simply snap a photo if you see the Moreland Mirais out about and use #MorelandMirai2019 to be put in the draw to win a locally sourced, sustainable and ethical prize pack,” the council said.

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