Ineos says it has carried out the engineering necessities to construct a completely functioning hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electrical model of its Grenadier wagon and ute – however has been delay by the shortage of infrastructure help.
Chatting with CarExpert on the launch of the Grenadier wagon in Scotland this week, Ineos Automotive business director Mark Tennant stated the model strongly believes in hydrogen energy however lacks needed confidence that the infrastructure might be constructed globally.
“Gasoline-cell electrical automobile for us is the fitting zero emission choice for this automobile, however due to the infrastructure issues – there isn’t any – we will’t make a full wager on fuel-cell till now we have extra confidence that individuals can fill it up,” Tennant stated.
“We may have a fuel-cell automobile operating round by mid-year, it has nothing to do with if gasoline cell expertise is there, it’s [but there is no infrastructure].”
Within the entirety of UK there are solely seven hydrogen refill stations. In Australia there are presently solely three refuelling stations supplying hydrogen on the market to the general public and even for these, prior contact is required.
Ineos as an organization has made a reputation for itself within the chemical world and really produces a whole lot of tons of hydrogen per yr, which explains why the corporate has teamed up with the likes of Hyundai to develop its FCEV capabilities.
Because it stands, there isn’t any powertrain locked in for the Grenadier FCEV simply but and whether or not it is going to ever make it to full collection manufacturing stays to be seen. The actual focus seems to be on the marginally smaller full battery electrical automobile popping out in 2026.
The Ineos Grenadier wagon will arrive in Australia round March this yr earlier than the ute is unveiled later this yr with native deliveries anticipated early in 2024.
It’s unlikely that even when an FCEV model of the Grenadier goes into manufacturing that our market will put its palms as much as take it.