Being developed with Ballard Power Systems Inc. and AVL Powertrain UK, the two demonstrator vehicles have already been stripped down and will now be used for detailed design and packaging assessments to accommodate a range of hydrogen technologies.
This includes a Ballard hydrogen fuel cell, the balance of plant systems, and the hydrogen fuel tanks.
The second vehicle will be used for control systems analysis and integration.
Following optimisation, the fuel cells systems will be shipped back to AVL in the UK for integration and commissioning in the vehicles.
Road testing is expected to be on schedule for June 2022 with final delivery for road use in September 2022 and First Hydrogen will then be able to showcase its’ zero-emission commercial van to replace petrol/diesel-powered fleets.
Steve Gill, CEO Automotive of First Hydrogen, said, “We are very pleased with the progress for the delivery of our two demonstrator vehicles, working with our partners AVL and Ballard. We are substantially on track to showcase our road-going vehicles with customers in September 2022, as originally planned.
“Our joint development of this hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will set us apart as a market leader for fuel cell vehicles in the light commercial space and in good stead for our next generation of bespoke hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which will incorporate all the technical development we have achieved so far.”
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