The two demonstrator FCEV vehicles, the result of First Hydrogen’s partnerships with Ballard Power Systems Inc. and AVL Powertrain UK Limited, will start road/track testing in June 2022 with final delivery for road use in September 2022.
One of the vans has been stripped down and used for detailed design and packaging assessments to accommodate the Ballard hydrogen fuel cell, the balance of plant systems, and the hydrogen (H2) fuel tanks. This includes the preparations for the installation of the hydrogen fuel cell, the power battery, and the H2 fuel tanks.
The second vehicle is for the control systems analysis and integration.
The first of two hydrogen fuel cell stacks provided by Ballard has been built with the addition of all required components, including air system, thermal management and cooling system and hydrogen supply. This fuel cell system assembly has been shipped to AVL’s headquarters in Graz, Austria for testing and fuel-cell optimisation. The second fuel cell system assembly will follow shortly.
Following optimisation, the fuel cells systems will be shipped back to AVL in the UK for integration and commissioning in the vehicles.
Steve Gill, CEO automotive of First Hydrogen, said: ‘We are very pleased with the progress for the delivery of our two demonstrator vehicles, working with our partners AVL and Ballard. We are substantially on track to showcase our road-going vehicles with customers in September 2022, as originally planned.
‘Our joint development of this hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will set us apart as a market leader for fuel cell vehicles in the light commercial space and in good stead for our next generation of bespoke hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which will incorporate all the technical development we have achieved so far.’