First Hydrogen vans receive road certification 21 October 2022

First Hydrogen zero emission light commercial First Hydrogen vehicles are said to offer 400-600km of range on a single refuelling (image credit: First Hydrogen)

Automotive and energy developer First Hydrogen has announced its first zero emission light commercial vehicles have been certified legal on British roads by the Vehicle Certification Authority.

The vehicles will now be able to undertake customer trials on public roads commencing January 2023 for 24 months, during which the company expects to collect proprietary data from fleet owners. The vans will be trialled in real-world conditions with major fleet operators initially in the UK. A total of 13 UK fleet operators in various industries, including telecoms, utilities, infrastructure, delivery, grocery and healthcare have signed up to participate in the trials.

These two demonstrator vehicles will showcase the advantages fuel cell electric vehicles have over battery electric vehicles in terms of range and refuelling speed. First Hydrogen vehicles are said to offer 400-600km of range on a single refuelling. The certification is expected to help with further approvals required as First Hydrogen scales up its vehicle demonstrator programme to trial the vehicles in the European Union, United States and Canada.

Additionally, First Hydrogen is working to arrange green hydrogen generation and distribution under its Hydrogen as a Service programme, which it plans to bring to the UK, Europe and North America.

Transport Engineer

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