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(2) Can the Minister provide an outline of the testing the hydrogen cars will undergo and any trial conditions that will be imposed.

(3) Can the Minister outline what metrics will be used to determine whether the trial of the hydrogen cars is successful.

(4) When is the trial expected to commence and conclude.

(5) Will the results of the trial be publicly published; if so, how long after the trial concludes and where.

(6) What is the budget for the trial of the hydrogen cars.

(7) Will the trial be conducted by ACT Government public servants or external consultants.

(8) Can the Minister provide the name of the successful contractor and the value of the contract, if external consultants will be used.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) As an outcome of the ACT’s fourth renewable electricity reverse auction, the French renewable energy company Neoen committed to procure a fleet of 20 Hyundai hydrogen cars for use in the government fleet or as otherwise directed by government. In co-operation with Hyundai and Siemens, Neoen also undertook to provide infrastructure and expertise to support the necessary hydrogen production, refuelling and servicing facilities.

The estimated timing for the delivery of the cars is in the first half of 2019. However, as the cars have not yet entered mass production, this date is subject to change.

(2) As with any new car, the hydrogen cars will be required to demonstrate compliance with the Australian Design Rules under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cwlth).

(3) EPSDD is currently working with industry to develop specific metrics for the hydrogen car trial. However, it is anticipated these will include performance, range, fuel economy, and maintenance and servicing costs.

(4) The trial is currently expected to commence in the first half of 2019 and run for four years, but this is subject to change.

(5) The ACT Government’s intention is that an initial report will be publically available after the first twelve months of the trial.

(6) The current estimated value of the 20 hydrogen cars and refuelling infrastructure is $1.6 million, which is being funded by Neoen.

(7) The trial will be led by industry; however, the ACT Government will facilitate the trial including in relation to ensuring effective integration of the vehicles into the government’s fleet.

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