Enters Trials with Major Fleet Consortium

July 22, 2022

Vancouver, B.C., July 22, 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST  HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) is pleased to  announce its’ subsidiary, First Hydrogen Limited, has been welcomed into the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC). The consortium brings together operators of the largest UK  fleets of vans and trucks and predominant members of the hydrogen industry, including hydrogen  producers, hydrogen state suppliers and vehicle manufacturers. The AHFC is led by Element Energy and includes members: Air Products, Anglo American, Hyundai, Toyota and BOC (a member of The Linde Group). The consortium works together with large UK fleet operators to accelerate the commercial rollout of fuel cell vans and trucks and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. 

First Hydrogen has already received expressed interest from ten (10) fleet operators to trial the company’s two demonstrator hydrogen fuel cell-powered light commercial vehicles (LCV). The fleet operators include telecoms, express delivery, national utilities and national infrastructure companies, a national UK supermarket chain, a national vehicle breakdown and recovery association, an ambulance fleet, a national fleet leasing group and a zero-carbon technology group. The fleet trials will operate across multiple UK locations from West London, Birmingham and Sheffield to Tees Valley and Aberdeen. The fleet trials will allow operators to access the real-world operations, experience range and operational flexibility benefits of hydrogen. 

The announcement coincides with confirmation that First Hydrogen’s two demonstrator hydrogen fuel cell light commercial vehicles (LCV) are scheduled for testing and on-road commissioning starting later this month in the UK. The commissioning integrates two MAN eTGE vehicles with Ballard Power System’s Fcgen-LCS hydrogen fuel cell. The vehicles are expected to be road-ready in Q4 2022, allowing for customer real-world usage trials to start in early 2023. 

First Hydrogen and Element Energy expect to release more details on the AHFC van program later this year. 

Steve Gill, CEO of First Hydrogen Automotive says, “Our proposal has received quite a response  We are excited to work with Element Energy and to bring our technology directly to fleet companies,  demonstrating the benefits of fuel cell powered light commercial vehicles. It is a great opportunity  for us to generate customer interest in our vehicles and gain first-hand knowledge and driver feedback  to contribute to our bespoke vehicle development program.”  

William Darby, Principal Consultant, Element Energy stated, “After hearing about the First Hydrogen  van product, we knew this would spark a lot of interest of our van operator group. We are looking forward to  working with First Hydrogen to ensure the trial meets the needs of each operator, whilst also providing First  Hydrogen with the information and support it needs to continue developing the product.” 

About First Hydrogen Corp. (FirstHydrogen.com

First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver and London UK-based company focused on zero-emission vehicles,  green hydrogen production and distribution and supercritical carbon dioxide extractor systems. The Company  is designing and building hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered light commercial demonstrator vehicles (“LCV”) under two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of 500+  kilometres. At the same time, the company has launched its bespoke vehicle design phase which will develop  its fleet of proprietary zero emission vehicles. First Hydrogen is also developing refueling capability working  with FEV Consulting GmbH, the automotive consultancy of FEV Group of Aachen Germany. The Company  is also pursuing opportunities in green hydrogen production and distribution in the UK and elsewhere.  

About Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC

The Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC) is an industry led group which aims to solve the  chicken-and-egg problem that hydrogen faces in the transport sector. The AHFC brings together operators  of the largest UK fleets of vans and trucks and predominant members of the hydrogen industry, including  hydrogen producers, hydrogen state suppliers and vehicle manufacturers.  

About Element Energy, (www.element-energy.co.uk

Element Energy is a dynamic and growing energy consultancy, specialising in the intelligent analysis of low  carbon energy. With over 20 years of experience with hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, Element has  initiated and coordinated many of Europe’s largest strategic hydrogen transport deployment projects.  Element also lead the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium, which aims to accelerate the roll out of  fuel cell vans and trucks and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of  

“Balraj Mann”
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


North America
Balraj Mann, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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