Hydrogen fuel cell cars took to the streets of Adelaide today in a South Australian first.

The vehicles - a Toyota Mirai and a Hyundai iX35 FCV - use hydrogen as a fuel source, emit water rather than carbon or noxious emissions, do not produce any engine noise but drive and perform like conventional cars.

The Low Carbon Economy Unit in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has worked with both companies to bring the cars to Adelaide for the first time.

The State Government and Adelaide City Council are jointly supporting hydrogen utility company H2U to undertake a feasibility study into establishing South Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling station at Mile End.  This is part of H2U's plans to establish an initial network of 14 stations nationally.

The study will look at opportunities for fuel cell powered vehicles in the council's services and the State bus fleets, with hydrogen produced on-site from renewable electricity using electrolysis technology.

H2U Chief Executive Officer Attilio Pigneri said the H2U team and its project partners are very excited at the opportunity to work with the City and the State Government to investigate establishment of a renewable hydrogen refuelling station in the Mile End precinct.

“Fuel Cell Vehicles and Renewable Hydrogen bring unique opportunities to deliver zero emission solutions for heavy use commercial applications such as Taxi, Bus Transport and Waste Collection Services,” said Mr Pigneri.

“The close collaboration established between the City and the South Australian Government creates the perfect ecosystem for this initiative and we look forward to make our contribution to the goal of a Carbon Neutral Adelaide.”