MotorFest offers glimpse of hydrogen power

The Hyundai NEXO Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is among the strong line-up of EV exhibitors at the new-look RACQ MotorFest.

The first hydrogen-powered vehicle certified for sale in Australia has been confirmed as part of the dedicated Future Zone pavilion at this year’s RACQ Motorfest.

Korean car maker Hyundai recently won the race to launch Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, narrowly beating rival Toyota’s Mirai FCEV to the punch, with the launch of its revolutionary Nexo SUV. 

Air and water are all that’s emitted from the tailpipe of the Nexo, which is an electric vehicle powered by hydrogen, an already abundant element that can be produced using water and green electricity.

Just 20 Hyundai Nexo have been released as part of a three-year trial with the ACT Government, but the Queensland Government has confirmed it will add five Hyundai Nexo FCEVs to its QFleet as part of its efforts to embrace cleaner transport solutions and develop a hydrogen industry. 

RACQ Motorfest will be the first opportunity many Queenslanders will have to see the revolutionary Nexo and learn more about hydrogen technology which many experts regard as the fuel of the future. 

“The arrival of Nexo on Australian roads as an ADR-approved production vehicle is a landmark in Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to green mobility and to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle technology,” Hyundai Motor Company CEO Jun Heo said.

“The hydrogen Nexo SUV is a cornerstone in the Hyundai portfolio, complementing our hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles the Ioniq and Kona Electric.

“Nexo is also a sign of things to come as Hyundai continues in its long-term drive towards leadership in eco-friendly vehicles.”

The Nexo will join a strong line-up of other electrified vehicles at the new-look MotorFest with models on display including the Renault ZoE, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Mini Electric Hatch and Plugin Hybrid Countryman, Jaguar IPace, Subaru Forester and XV Hybrids, and the Nissan Leaf. 

Electric motorcycles from Savic and e-scooters from Neuron Mobility will also be featured along with home charging solutions in a display designed to help inform Queenslanders about the exciting new technologies that are reshaping mobility. 

MotorFest visitors will have the opportunity to get up close with the vehicle exhibits and speak with representatives of the exhibitor brands about issues like charging times, vehicle range, the difference between hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and much more. 

Of course, MotorFest hasn't forgotten about its roots and will continue to celebrate the chrome bumper classics, rumbling V8 muscle cars and motorcycles of yesterday, while also providing the fun, festive, family atmosphere for which it is renowned.    

As with previous years there will be free entertainment for kids, along with rides, face painting and roving entertainment. 

There will also be a wide selection of market stalls and food trucks to keep visitors fuelled throughout the day.

RACQ MotorFest 2021 

Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006

When: Sunday 13 June, 10am-3pm 

Cost: Entry via $2 gold coin, contributed to the RACQ Foundation.

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RACQ MotorFest will be operating under an approved COVID-Safe Plan. All visitors will be required to check in on arrival and provide information for contact tracing purposes.