Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has unveiled the UK’s first hydrogen-electric HGV, which the company says will have the capacity to travel up to 370 per refuel.
The Glasgow-based firm, which launched the 40-tonne truck at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, is undertaking development work at Horiba MIRA, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
It is also planning to open an R&D, engineering and pilot production facility alongside a permanent UK-based production facility.
In addition to funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK, Scottish Enterprise and Energy Technology Partnership, HVS’ strategic investment partner is the service station and grocery corporation, EG Group, offering hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, fleet customer base and the potential for global scalability.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles are refuelled with hydrogen gas, stored at pressure in hydrogen cylinders.
Refuelling takes a much shorter time than charging an equivalent battery vehicle and is comparable to filling a truck with diesel (about 15 to 20 minutes).
Many hydrogen fuelling stations will be located at existing commercial vehicle forecourts, using dispensers that look very similar to conventional petrol and diesel ones, but with a different nozzle.
Jawad Khursheed, CEO of HVS said, “We are delighted to reveal our 40-tonne HGV at the Commercial Vehicle Show. This technology demonstrator showcases our ground-breaking hydrogen-electric commercial vehicle design and advanced powertrain technology.
“Our zero-emission trucks are a key part of decarbonising the logistics sector. Hydrogen is the perfect fuel for the haulage industry, offering long ranges and quick refuelling thanks to stations being easily integrated into existing key transport networks.
“What’s more, we will supply our customers with the most advanced HGV in the sector delivering a step change in driving experience and efficiency.”