Vancouver, B.C., May 15, 2023 – Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) confirms its hydrogen-fuel cell powered light commercial vehicles (LCV) are performing even better than predicted. In the first phase of commissioning, the Company’s LCVs accumulated 6,000km on UK roads, including mileage around London’s M25 motorway. The data logging supports vehicle range simulations, which exceed a 500km range. The vehicle is currently performing with excellent efficiency, including both urban, extra-urban (which includes driving at higher speeds) and highway operations. First Hydrogen’s LCV fuel consumption figures seen in many driving scenarios are under 2kg/100km, and in mostly urban driving this is 1.5kg/100km.
First Hydrogen’s LCV demonstrates how hydrogen fuel can provide fleet managers with zero-emission vehicles that deliver the range, payloads, and fast refuelling times they require. The initial road tests confirm that the hydrogen powertrain, which has a maximum power of 100kW, is powering the vehicle to continuously run on UK public roads at the maximum speed limit.
Steve Gill, CEO of First Hydrogen Automotive, says: “We’re thrilled that initial road testing has shown that the vehicle is not only meeting performance requirements but exceeding the early expectations we set for real world driving. The efficient fuel consumption means that our vehicle can go further on a single tank of fuel. This will save drivers time with fewer refuelling stops and lower running costs, reducing Total Cost of Ownership, which will make our LCVs more attractive to fleet operators and potential customers.”
First Hydrogen’s vehicle route around London and the South East of England
Evaluation is continuing during operational trials, which have commenced with fleet management provider, Rivus. This is the first of a series of operator trials that will continue for the rest of the year with other blue-chip UK-based fleets. Mileage accumulation is enabling First Hydrogen to gather performance data, including information on fuel consumption, to validate different vehicle operating parameters.
Rivus’ drivers are testing the vehicle’s performance with different payloads around roads in Birmingham, the West Midlands, and South Yorkshire. The trials will also draw direct comparisons between battery electric and diesel or petrol-powered vehicles. Safety and security features installed in the vehicle enable First Hydrogen’s team to monitor its location and ensure the vehicle can be maintained when required. There is also reporting technology on board, so drivers and fleet managers can keep track of refuelling frequency and record any damage or road incidents that may occur, providing added reassurance to fleet operators and drivers during the trials.
First Hydrogen’s vehicle performance during journey around London and the South East of England
Onboard telematics and a GPS tracker upload vehicle data to the cloud, providing First Hydrogen’s engineers with close to real-time analysis, enabling them to monitor vehicle performance, prevent potential issues and ensure it is secure. These instruments will remain onboard throughout the commissioning process, which includes the programme of operational trials established with members of the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Association (AHFC) including Rivus. The trials provide fleet operators with the opportunity to evaluate fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) alongside their own fleets in real-world operations.
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 500+ 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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