Hyundai Canada delivers three NEXO hydrogen vehicles to Charbone Hydrogen in Québec.
Charbone plans to use NEXOs to showcase hydrogen-powered mobility potential in Montreal.
The partnership emphasizes hydrogen as a viable alternate fuel, even in winter conditions.
Hyundai Canada has made a major move in the Canadian hydrogen market, delivering three 2023 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to Québec-based Charbone Hydrogen. The handover ceremony, which took place at Brossard Hyundai, was attended by members of Charbone management, Hyundai representatives, and dealership staff.
Charbone plans to utilize the NEXOs to demonstrate the potential of green hydrogen-powered mobility within the Montreal areas. These demonstrations will target federal, provincial, municipal authorities, and other key stakeholders in Canada and the United States. To further this mission, Charbone recently partnered with the Filgo-Sonic Group to develop a refuelling station network in Québec.
Ken Maisonville, director of sales at Hyundai Canada, believes that this venture marks a significant step towards the acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Canada. “Decarbonizing mobility as we know it is a monumental undertaking,” he states, “and we applaud Charbone for their bold work on this front and raising much-needed awareness on energy transition possibilities.”
From June 15 to 18, Charbone will present the vehicles in Montréal during the Grand Prix Festival on Crescent Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the technology behind green hydrogen production and distribution, as well as Hyundai’s approach to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The festival will also feature a demonstration of vehicle filling techniques using an on-site compressed hydrogen refuelling station.
Hyundai Canada is a key player in Charbone’s mission to promote green mobility in the Canadian market, thanks to Hyundai’s leadership in offering more electrified nameplates than any other brand and being among the first to introduce hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Canada. Charbone’s partnership with Hyundai and their lease agreement with FOSS will significantly contribute to their efforts in deploying green hydrogen production facilities nationwide.
“Charbone is excited with the partnership with Hyundai Canada and FOSS,” says Dave B. Gagnon, Chairman and CEO of Charbone. “This provides us an opportunity to showcase hydrogen as a promising alternate fuel, while emphasizing that alternate fuels don’t mean reduced autonomy in winter.” He also highlighted Charbone Lab’s future role, in collaboration with local academic partners, to study and report on the Hyundai NEXO’s reliability in Québec’s winter conditions. This real-world assessment of hydrogen fuel cell technology’s viability represents a crucial stride in the pursuit of sustainable mobility solutions.