HVS prototype hydrogen truck build underway


HVS (Hydrogen Vehicle Systems), has begun building prototype hydrogen powered trucks at a specialist build facility in Silverstone, Northamptonshire.

The company has completed the initial build of the first of the prototype rigs at the 18,000 sq. ft Fablink facility, which will shortly be despatched to UTAC, Leyland for the initial rig testing.

Several other Attribute Prototype (AP) vehicles are also currently being built at the site.

Each unit will be used to test specific attributes of the truck design, from strength and durability to the range and efficiency of the vehicle ahead of series production which is due to start mid-decade.

The Silverstone facility offers HVS complete build capabilities encompassing quality assurance, logistics, a toolroom and office amenities.

HVS and Fablink are embarking on a long-term partnership, with Fablink providing the manufacturing of cab structures, chassis, power towers and providing assembly services.

The build is underway with additional support of manufacturing service partners HSSMI.

Lisa-Marie Cunningham, HVS Interim Chief Operating Officer, said, “We have embarked on another exciting new chapter for HVS. The Fablink team and facility provides us with the space, all the equipment and expertise essential for our build operations.

“This next project phase in Silverstone, home of automotive excellence, combined with the support of our exceptional team and manufacturing partners, positions us perfectly to successfully deliver our prototype programme.”

Lindsay Watson, Fablink Chief Technical Officer, said, “Fablink prides itself in offering a depth of engineering and technical capability alongside strong competencies in design, tooling and prototyping.

“It is therefore a pleasure to be working with HVS on this landmark build project where we can share engineering excellence.”


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