Set to be trialled at one of PepsiCo’s manufacturing sites in the City of Brisbane, Pure Hydrogen says it will supply a Hydrogen Fuel Cell 160kW 6 x 4 Prime Mover, as well as hydrogen fuel and refuelling infrastructure.

The six-month trial is planned to commence in the second quarter of 2023, after which the food and beverage giant will assess the commercial use-case of hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the potential to order further vehicles over the 2023-2025 period.

Coming as the latest in a number of trials that Pure Hydrogen is undertaking in the Australia market, the PepsiCo trail forms part of the company’s wider strategy to demonstrate the use-case of affordable hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

In March this year (2022), Pure revealed it would supply JJ’s Waste & Recycling with a hydrogen-fuelled garbage truck, as well as refuelling services.

Read more: Australia to gain its ‘first’ hydrogen-fuelled garbage truck in Queensland

Brent Gapes, Sustainability Manager at PepsiCo ANZ, said, “This trial demonstrates our commitment to net zero emissions across our value chain by 2040 – a goal that forms an integral component of PepsiCo Positive, a sustainability framework for how we operate within planetary boundaries and inspire positive change for the planet and people.

“As one of the largest food manufacturers in Australia, we recognise we have a role to play in reducing our impact on the environment and I look forward to working with Pure Hydrogen on how we can extend the trial further.”

Scott Brown, Managing Director of Pure Hydrogen added, “It is exciting to be partnering with a globally recognised and respected company such as PepsiCo to commence trials for a prime mover vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

“This trial will further showcase the potential of Australia’s hydrogen energy markets – particularly for the commercial trucking industry which currently relies heavily on the use of diesel fuel.”

H2 View’s Hydrogen Mobility Snap Summit – November 29

With the mobility pillar consistently a hot topic for hydrogen markets and arguably the most anticipated and relatable application of the energy transition, H2 View stages a Mobility Snap Summit this November to summarise the progress made in 2022 and look ahead to what’s still to come.

Infrastructure challenges remain. Questions linger over policy and implementation. Many wonder which strand of the transport sector will blaze the trail in hydrogen power first, and likewise which region. There are clear challenges ahead, yet considerable progress made in 2022 and bright spots ahead in 2023 and beyond.

Join H2 View this November for a half-day online event dedicated to unearthing the progress made, dissecting the challenges to be met and establishing the state-of-play across mobility as 2023 approaches. Find more information here.

Premium Subscribers to H2 View have access to this event as part of their subscription package; non-subscribers can secure access to the event with a delegate ticket ($99). All delegates can access the event on-demand from 1st December.