First Hydrogen is harnessing the ‘best of the best’ to capitalise on a once-in-a-century opportunity – a confluence of design, technology, emission regulations, clean energy and a wide-open market.
As a Vancouver and London-based company with a team of global leaders with world-renowned experience, we are on a journey to become the leading designer and manufacturer of zero-emission, long-range hydrogen-powered utility vehicles in the UK, EU and North America.
First Hydrogen understands the importance of strategic partnerships and is partnered with two key organisations to achieve this aim at pace:
- Ballard Power Systems – a leading global provider of innovative clean energy and fuel cell solutions. It was founded in 1979 to conduct research on high-energy lithium batteries, developing their first fuel stack in 1986, which operated on pressurised air; and
- AVL Powertrain UK – the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and other sectors. As a global technology leader, AVL provides concepts, solutions and methodologies in the fields of e-mobility, ADAS and autonomous driving, vehicle integration, digitalisation, virtualisation, Big Data, and much more. AVL drives sustainable mobility trends for a greener future with an international network of experts that extends over 26 countries and 45 tech and engineering centres worldwide.
The initial design of our light commercial demonstrator vehicle for the UK market is already completed, and delivery of the first two lightweight commercial demonstrator vans will be completed in late 2022 and will then move to full commercialisation.
The vans will use the MAN eTGE as a donor vehicle and be equipped with the latest generation Ballard FCgen®-LCS fuel cell, giving the vehicles a range of more than 500 km.