First Hydrogen Corp. announced that its two light commercial vehicles (LCVs) have been certified legal on United Kingdom (UK) roads by the Vehicle Certification Authority.
The vehicles will now be able to undertake customer trials on public roads commencing January 2023 for a period of 24 months, during which the Company expects to collect significant proprietary data from fleet owners and to capture high-level interest for future orders.
The vans will be trialled in real-world conditions with major fleet operators initially in the UK and enable the Company to publicly showcase its leading design and accelerate the adoption by light commercial vehicle owners of fuel cell-powered vehicles to replace ageing diesel fleets.
A total of 13 UK fleet operators in various industries, including telecoms, utilities, infrastructure, delivery, grocery and healthcare, have signed up to participate in the trials.
These two demonstrator vehicles will showcase the advantages fuel cell electric vehicles have over battery electric vehicles in terms of range and refuelling speed.
The certification is a significant milestone for the Company and will help with further approvals required as First Hydrogen scales up its vehicle demonstrator program to trial the vehicles in the European Union, the United States and Canada.
First Hydrogen is also working in parallel to arrange green hydrogen generation and distribution under its “Hydrogen as a Service” or Haas program to provide a holistic solution to the market.
Steve Gill, CEO of Automotive for First Hydrogen, said, “This is an important step which validates our engineering and technical expertise.”
Balraj Mann, Chairman and CEO of First Hydrogen Corp., said, “Green hydrogen is becoming a clean alternative answer to fossil fuels.”