Hyundai is teaming up with Ampol, the fuel company formerly known as Caltex, to offer EV owners access to fast- and home charging

    A strategic partnership between the two is designed to “support the transition to zero-emissions vehicles in Australia”, including “both short and long-term initiatives to support the transition to battery electric vehicles and to explore the development and use of hydrogen in Australia’s transport sector”.

    Ampol earlier this year announced plans to have 120 AmpCharge electric vehicle charge stations installed by the end of 2023, the first of which is at the Ampol Woolworths MetroGo in Alexandria, New South Wales.

    Part of the partnership, laid out today in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will include programs designed to give Hyundai EV owners access to charging across the AmpCharge network.

    Exactly what that will entail isn’t clear, but carmakers such as BMW and Genesis have partnered with ChargeFox to offer free ultra-rapid charging for a certain period of time after purchase. It’s possible Hyundai will offer something similar through the AmpCharge network.

    The partnership will also look into “potential bundled energy offers incorporating home charging and broader energy solutions”.

    Beyond electric infrastructure, Ampol and Hyundai are looking to partner on hydrogen infrastructure.

    A number of the world’s big carmakers are moving away from hydrogen as a potential fuel of the future for passenger cars, but it’s expected to play a role in heavy vehicle transport.

    Hyundai has confirmed it wants Xcient hydrogen trucks in Australia by 2025, but refuelling infrastructure is currently limited.

    “The partnership will explore the development of hydrogen infrastructure and fleets, with the organisations to share knowledge and collaborate on opportunities for public funding of new hydrogen infrastructure,” the pair said in a statement.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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