Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - July 13, 2023) - First Hydrogen Corp. (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC PINK: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) ("FIRST HYDROGEN" or the "Company") reports its hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered delivery van vehicle (FCEV) has been well received by the United Kingdom's largest energy infrastructure company, SSE PLC. For the past two weeks, the FCEV has been used by SSE drivers for their day-to-day tasks around Aberdeen, Scotland. Initial comments by SSE drivers praise the Company's FCEV for its range (500+ km), easy and smooth drivability.
Will Hannaford, driver for SSE says: "First Hydrogen's van is very pleasing to drive and is much smoother than my diesel vehicles. The zero-emission van will obviously improve the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations, but it has the additional benefit of performing well in city driving and recharging its battery during use, which gives it an impressive range."
SSE driver Angus Burrows adds: "Having learnt about operating a hydrogen-powered vehicle in the pre-trial training, I was excited to use the First Hydrogen's van. It was also exciting to see how much work had gone into developing the vehicle and my enthusiasm has continued throughout the trial - I still find myself speaking about the vehicle in my day-to-day conversations!"
First Hydrogen's FCEV can travel further on a single tank of fuel than equivalent battery electric vehicles (BEV) on a single charge and can carry heavier loads without compromising on range. With fast refuelling - approximately 5 minutes compared to 5 hours for BEV charging - it also means more vehicle "uptime" i.e., longer periods that the vehicle can be on the road.
The vehicle will be closely monitored throughout the trial via onboard instruments. This helps First Hydrogen's engineers to understand fuel consumption, mileage, and vehicle performance in different conditions. It also enables them to keep track of the vehicle's use, location, and status in real-time to keep the drivers and vehicle safe.
SSE currently operates one of the largest fleets in the UK and has already pledged to switch 2,500 of its vehicles to electric and install charging points for its 11,000 employees to use. SSE vehicles work in a wide variety of operational roles and conditions, from maintaining the electricity network spanning central southern England and the north of Scotland, to navigating the diverse and challenging environments of its hydro and onshore wind farm sites.
Ronnie Fleming, chief procurement officer at SSE, added: "In line with our commitment to net zero and EV100 pledge to electrify our fleet, we're keen to explore all alternative fuel options. It's been really interesting to see the vehicle in action, for our drivers to experience how it operates in practice and for our fleet managers to evaluate how hydrogen vehicles could fit into our future fleets should the infrastructure further develop."
Steve Gill, CEO for First Hydrogen Automotive, explains: "We see the future of zero emissions transport as a mix of technologies to suit different vehicle types and usage, with fleets comprising hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. We are thrilled to be operating in Aberdeen, which is already championing hydrogen use and is establishing good infrastructure. Trialling the van in the Northeast of Scotland will help us to demonstrate how hydrogen vehicles can carry larger payloads and to compare operational performance in scenarios where BEVs are currently used. Data collected during the trial will help us to optimize the vehicle, demonstrate its capabilities for future customers and inform further development."
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Ian Yuill says: "Aberdeen has been working for more than ten years to position itself as a leading city in bringing hydrogen technology to the market. Our city is genuinely a world-leader in the delivery and the use of hydrogen as a fuel. Hydrogen is here now and is providing an important part of the transport mix in our city. We welcome the decision by SSE to trial First Hydrogen's vehicle in Aberdeen and wish them every success in adding hydrogen technology to their day-to-day operations."
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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 has a range of 500+ kilometres. These vehicles are being trialled 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.
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