First Hydrogen Vehicles Complete Commissioning Trials and Increased Fleet Operator Interest

August 23, 2022

Vancouver, B.C., August 22, 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia – First Hydrogen Corp. (“FIRST  HYDROGEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) is pleased to announce that  its two demonstrator vehicles have successfully completed initial commissioning trials. The Company’s  demonstrator vehicles have passed the important vehicle control system tests as part of the commissioning  trials. The fuel cell systems, including the stack supplied by Ballard Power Systems, have undergone extensive  calibration and testing in Graz, Austria. The testing is run by First Hydrogen’s automotive build partner, AVL,  one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the  automotive industry and beyond.  

The commissioning process ensures that the vehicles meet the highest possible safety standards for hydrogen  and high voltage electrical safety systems. As part of the commission, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service  inspected the vehicles at AVL’s facility in Basildon, UK and were satisfied the control measures put in place  have supported the application for use on the county’s roads. This important step enables the vehicles to be  tested in mixed road and driving conditions and to confirm performance ahead of First Hydrogen’s real-world  operational trials with major fleet operators in early 2023.  

Since announcing the trials, which are coordinated through Element Energy and the UK Aggregated Hydrogen  Freight Consortium (AFHC), a further two fleets have expressed interest in participating in the demonstration  programme. A total of 12 fleet operators working across a range of industries including telecoms, utilities,  infrastructure, delivery, grocery and healthcare have now signed up to participate. They will be able to  technically evaluate First Hydrogen’s fuel cell vehicles in terms of payload, range and ease of refuelling and  compare ease of use with battery electric alternatives. It is expected that First Hydrogen will be able to secure  indications of interest for future vehicle orders as a result of these trials.  

Steve Gill, CEO at First Hydrogen Automotive, says: “Completion of the first trials is a key milestone in  our demonstrators’ this takes First Hydrogen to progress in the next stages of development for the vehicle’s  hydrogen system, filling trials and dynamic road running. We are pleased that Essex Fire and Rescue Service  were reassured to see the control measures put in place so have supported the application for use on the  county’s roads. This also paves the way for future hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be accepted for UK road  testing. With real-world fleet trials due to start early next year, we are moving towards our goal of accelerating  the adoption of zero-emission vehicles in the light commercial vehicle market. We are hugely encouraged by  the appetite from AHFC members, which includes some of the largest fleet operators in the UK, to trial our hydrogen-powered vehicles. Not only will these trials provide unique proprietary data for our next generation  of vehicles, but the trials are also expected to generate future demand and establish a customer base.” 

Balraj Mann, Chairman of First Hydrogen says “With the hydrogen demonstrator vans being near road  legal, First Hydrogen is in a position to take part in the various government programs the Canadian and United  States’ governments have put in place. The Canadian government, in its 2022 Budget, offers $3-billion of  incentives for zero-emission vehicles and related infrastructure. The recent US climate, tax and health bill  provides a massive US$369-billion to fight climate change. The US bill will reduce the cost of producing  green hydrogen allowing for lower operating costs for vehicle owners.”

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.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors of  

FIRST HYDROGEN CORP.
“Balraj Mann”
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Contacts:

North America
Balraj Mann, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
604-601-2018
investors@firsthydrogen.com

Europe
Nicholas Wrigley, Chairman  First Hydrogen Automotive
+44 7917-114434
Nicholas.Wrigley@firsthydrogen.com


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