First Hydrogen Achieves Record Distances During Fcev Trials With Wales  & West Utilities

March 20, 2024

Vancouver, B.C., March 18, 2024 Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST  HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) has successfully completed  hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle (FCEV) trials with gas distribution network Wales & West Utilities  (WWU). WWU is exploring zero emissions vehicle technology to suit its operational requirements and the  trials provided the transport team with the opportunity to experience the benefits of the Company’s FCEV  first-hand. 

The Company’s FCEV completed more than 2,000 km (>1,200 miles) over the four-week trial, travelling up  to 189 km (117 miles) per day in some of South Wales’ coldest conditions. The FCEV vehicle demonstrated  its’ capability for demanding duties, such as carrying heavier payloads, towing and powering auxiliary  equipment (onboard power), as well as, the full power capability of the fuel cell module, with outputs higher  than 60kW in transient accelerations. The trial had already shown there was no decrease in vehicle  performance or range when operating in colder temperatures. The data recorded will provide great insight  into the FCEV’s performance in winter conditions.  

More detail on the FCEV’s deployment with WWU can be seen here.  

Driver feedback  

The FCEV was shared by two drivers from WWU’s Network Emergency & Metering Services team who are  responsible for emergency metering work for more than 7.5 million customers across Wales and the south  west of England. Most of the vehicle’s journeys were travelling to customer call outs, averaging 5-6 visits per  day. The team has to respond quickly to calls and often covers long distances while transporting bulky  equipment needed for repairs.  

Alun Jones, First Call Operative (FCO) for WWU and driver in First Hydrogen’s trials says: “First  Hydrogen’s van is lovely to drive and allowed us to get on with our job. The fact you can quickly refuel rather  than charge up overnight is a massive advantage for us as sometimes we respond to calls from our homes in  the middle of the night. I can definitely see the hydrogen vans working at WWU in terms of the efficiency we  need.” 

Steve Morgan, FCO for WWU and driver in the vehicle trials, says: “Our van is everything for us; it’s our  office and it’s how we transport our equipment and charge our laptops and phones so we can respond to call  outs. Therefore, we need vehicles that are comfortable and reliable and that can carry everything we need. We  do a lot of miles so also need the range.” 

Trial feedback 

Stephen Offley, Transport Manager for WWU comments: “We are impressed with how the van operates  and its overall performance – particularly as this is a prototype vehicle and we were breaking new ground by  creating our own hydrogen vehicle ecosystem. Testing the vehicle with our FCOs meant we could demonstrate  its use in a front-line service role and provide credible findings for us to share with our stakeholders and other  fleet managers. The data generated from the trials also gives us a case to push for fixed hydrogen infrastructure  in the area so we can benefit from faster refuelling and operational simplicity.”

Generating data to fuel zero emission adoption 

Crucially, the trials have provided First Hydrogen and WWU with important data that will help to inform  future development. 

Steve Gill, Executive Director Automotive, First Hydrogen, says: “We’re thrilled with the feedback from  Wales & West Utilities. Having covered more miles in a single trial than ever before, we have generated a  significant amount of vehicle data. Sharing the van between two drivers, neither of whom has driven a zero  emission vehicle before, has given us insight into how different driving styles can affect performance. By  reviewing this data and speaking to the WWU team, we have identified further opportunities to improve fuel  consumption and optimise efficiency. 

“We have also gained valuable data, which enables us to model Total Cost of Operations (TCO), key  information for fleet operators considering a transition to hydrogen fuel. We have presented our initial findings  to the WWU board who responded positively and are keen to progress with next steps.” Importantly, these trials proved that hydrogen mobility is still possible for fleet operators without access to  fixed hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. The trials were supported by Protium Energy Solutions, which  provided green hydrogen to fuel the vehicle and Hyppo Hydrogen Solutions, who supplied a re-deployable  hydrogen refuelling unit. 

DataHorizzon Research reported the global hydrogen fuel cell vehicles market is projected to grow from  US$2.2 billion (£1.7 billion) in 2023 to US$82.1 billion (£64.2 billion) by 2032, at 49.1% CAGR. It anticipates  that fleet operators, such as WWU, will drive zero emission vehicle sales – which includes hydrogen fuel cell  commercial vehicles – as they strive to decarbonise in line with government mandates to phase out fossil fuel  vehicles by 2035. 

“Balraj Mann”
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


North America
Balraj Mann, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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