First Hydrogen’s two MAN eTGE vans, equipped with Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cells, are currently being built by AVL Powertrain UK. The two vehicles are expected to be road legal by September 2022, where the company hopes major fleet operators will trial them.

The company claims the vehicles will have over 500km (310 miles) of range, based on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which they compared against the 115km (71 mile) range of a base battery electric vehicle under the same conditions.

Steve Gill, CEO of First Hydrogen Automotive, stated, “We chose to start by developing road-legal demonstrators using a donor platform that will enable customers to see, feel and experience the benefits and operation of a hydrogen propulsion system in a familiar set-up.

“This design and build process allows us to bring our product to customers in a much shorter timeframe. The Ballard FCgen®-LCS hydrogen-powered fuel cell and hydrogen tanks have been integrated without impacting the customer features of the van, such as interior space or load height.”


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