BLK Auto considers hydrogen capacity in transport
BLK’s link with Lion Energy will enable vehicle importer to accelerate hydrogen refueling industry
Tom Soulsby (left) and Jason Pecotic
Queensland-based BLK Auto has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lion Energy on a non-binding collaboration to assess opportunities to expand Australia’s hydrogen transport and infrastructure capabilities.
The move represents a consolidation for the importer and the distributor of specialized vehicles.
After starting importing JAC battery-electric light trucks and signing an agreement with All Purpose Transport in August, BLK partnered with hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) commercial vehicle company Hyzon Motors for a hydrogen bus .
Under the terms of the MoU, Lion and BLK Auto will collaborate on co-marketing and joint commercialization opportunities with a view to leveraging the capabilities of the two companies to provide both hydrogen transportation and hydrogen infrastructure to a wide range of Australian industries.
Hyzon grabbed the headlines this year, most notably with a deal to supply HFC-powered main engines to Townsville Logistics and is tied to a separate hydrogen supply infrastructure.
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Lion and BLK Auto note that Australia is at the forefront of the rapid emergence of hydrogen as a clean energy alternative to traditional fuels and that this agreement paves the way for them to provide opportunities for Australian businesses looking to decarbonize their vehicle fleets.
“We are very excited to be working with quality operators like BLK Auto to help the bus industry meet its zero emissions goals,” said Lion Executive Chairman Tom Soulsby.
“There is complementarity in our plans, so working together will improve the hydrogen proposition for bus operators.”
While Lion’s initial focus is on buses, the company has made its ambitions for truck refueling clear in its “hydrogen roadmap” plan.
This plan indicates that it “initially focuses its strategy on a decentralized, low-capital-intensive part of the green hydrogen chain. and trucks). “
Last month he said he was assessing the potential of building a network of modular hydrogen production and refueling stations across Australia, initially focusing on Queensland.
For BLK Auto, the move marks a potentially important diversification.
“This MoU is just the start of a relationship that has the opportunity to provide both hydrogen transport options and hydrogen infrastructure for customers looking to decarbonize their vehicle fleet,” said chief executive Jason Pecotic.
“We are delighted to be working with Lion Energy on this ambition and look forward to seeing what opportunities arise.”
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