Vancouver, B.C., May 2, 2023 – Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) announces the handover of its hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle (FCEV) after the successful completion of safety and mileage accumulation tests. The Company’s FCEV has now been delivered to Rivus’ Support Centre in Birmingham, UK. First Hydrogen’s engineers joined the Rivus team for driver training on April 27th and 28th. For the next month, the FCEV will be driven on selected routes and over varied terrain around the Birmingham and South Yorkshire. It will carry payloads of various sizes to measure vehicle performance on real-world conditions. Rivus supports some of the UK’s largest and most critical fleets and manages approximately 120,000 vehicles, including approximately 85,000 LCVs.
Onboard instruments will collect valuable data on fuel consumption, mileage and vehicle efficiency. This information will help First Hydrogen to optimise vehicle configuration and enhance Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) data. Furthermore, Rivus will be able to directly compare First Hydrogen’s FCEV with battery electric vehicles (BEV) and traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles when driving the same routes and under the same driving conditions. From its findings, Rivus will produce its own independent analysis of the performance of First Hydrogen’s hydrogen-powered vehicle. The results are intended to provide Rivus customers and fleet managers with insight into the benefits and practicality of hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
First Hydrogen has also installed GPS and safety technology using a cloud-based system enabling its engineers to access information on the vehicle’s use, location, and status in real-time. This will ensure the safety and security of drivers as well as optimal vehicle performance in a range of driving conditions.
The vehicle trials have been co-ordinated with the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), an initial 16 major fleet operators from industries including grocery, delivery, utilities, and healthcare have already registered an interest in taking part in the 12-18-month vehicle evaluation.
Steve Gill, CEO Automotive at First Hydrogen comments: “We hope that the team at Rivus will enjoy putting our vehicle through its paces and experiencing first-hand how zero emission technology can perform in vehicles of this size. Rivus is experienced in working with fleet vehicles and supporting fleet managers every day. We trust that their feedback will help us to make improvements and help us to create a zero
emission mobility solution that meets fleet managers’ demands.”
Thomas Maerz, Chief Development Officer at Rivus, says:
“Our Alternative Fuel team are eager to see how the fuel cell LCV performs. We have designed several routes and duty cycles, which will test how vehicles run under different driving conditions; First Hydrogen’s LCV will be undertaking the same exercises we have completed with BEV and ICE vehicles allowing us to deliver accurate assessments on performance to our customers. We can’t wait to get started!”
Balraj Mann, First Hydrogen, Group CEO added,
“Over the past weeks and months, we went through and accomplished a very positive development phase. Our dedicated team and partners worked hard to bring us to where we are today. We are a step closer to a more sustainable future in transportation.”
First Hydrogen’s Allan Rushforth and Rivus team.
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 has designed and built 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 400+ kilometres. These vehicles are currently being trialed with an initial 16 fleet operators in the United Kingdom. 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, EU and North America.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
FIRST HYDROGEN CORP.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Balraj Mann, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas Wrigley, Chairman First Hydrogen Automotive
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