The groundbreaking next-generation zero-emission vehicle concept from First Hydrogen is revealed.
The fuel cell electric drive (FCEV) and battery electric drive (BED) models of the light commercial vehicle (LCV), which was developed in collaboration with the EDAG Group’s worldwide mobility expertise, will both be offered. While First Hydrogen tests Generation I vehicles, which are expected to show that hydrogen is a viable fuel for commercial vehicles, Generation II designs are being developed.
In the UK, the Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC) members have begun field testing the Generation I FCEVs, beginning with fleet management company Rivus. This should make it possible for potential customers and those who are interested in cars with alternative fuels to personally experience the benefits of hydrogen drives. First Hydrogen will be able to test the vehicles in a range of real-world operating conditions thanks to participants from a number of businesses, such as roadside assistance, supermarket delivery, utilities, and package delivery.
The vehicle’s sleek, contemporary design guarantees its longevity and should keep it appealing to buyers for a longer time. The Generation II design offers high levels of driver comfort and efficient operation without emitting any pollutants. It also features a high ground clearance, a sizable windscreen, and a roomy, easily accessible luggage area. A crucial safety feature in built-up areas and urban environments, as well as for delivery and service vehicles that must stop at the side of the road, the illumination is strategically placed to make the vehicle visible to other road users.
For the purpose of enhancing the performance of Generation I vehicles and assisting in the creation of new goods, First Hydrogen will make use of the information and comments acquired during field testing. This guarantees that Generation II of First Hydrogen will survive a variety of operating circumstances and satisfy the demand for zero-emission commercial cars.
The market for light commercial vehicles is anticipated to develop at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1% during the forecast period, reaching USD 752 billion by the year 20301. (2022-2030). First Hydrogen seeks to assist fleet operators in switching from fossil fuels to zero-emission transportation by focusing on the commercial van and light vehicle industry. Zero-emission vehicle growth is anticipated to pick up speed as the zero-emission target deadlines draw near. Government and business incentives will keep driving market development, which is anticipated to grow as zero-emission technologies mature and become more widely used.