First Hydrogen, a designer and manufacturer of hydrogen-powered utility vehicles have just released images of its next-generation van. 

First Generation Van

Hydrogen’s first-generation van is almost ready for UK roads. The final test phase is scheduled to be completed in March 2023. Whilst hydrogen vehicles are still an emerging technology, the innovation by First Hydrogen is an exciting step in the progression to zero-emission vehicles.

The first-generation hydrogen vans are expected to have a range in the region of 250-370 miles on a single refuelling, which takes less than 5 minutes to fuel! This is a major advantage when compared to the existing zero-emission technology available.

First Hydrogen van from behind driving on the road

Next Generation Van

Now First hydrogen is looking ahead to its second-generation van and has recently released images of their new concept vehicle. Whilst little is known about the van’s performance, it certainly catches the eye. It’s clear that First Hydrogen has taken a futuristic approach to its newest sleek and streamlined vehicle.

Despite the generation II van looking the part, it’s also important to take into account the practical measures the design has incorporated such as the lighting. Steve Gill, CEO of automotive for First Hydrogen, said: “We have taken a particular focus on the lighting, ensuring high visibility for drivers and other road users – this is especially important for use by delivery, utilities, and roadside assistance companies”

First Hydrogen Next Generation Concept Van sketch from behind

The future for Hydrogen vehicles?

Much testing and analysis is still needed to ensure hydrogen vehicles are cost-effective for fleets.

First Hydrogens’ recent developments are an exciting step towards a potential hydrogen-powered future.

However, as hydrogen fuel cells require a significant amount of energy, most of the hydrogen produced today comes from fossil fuels. Ultimately, this negates the positive environmental impact hydrogen vehicles offer.

Coupled with a severe lack of infrastructure, Hydrogen vehicles’ adoption and scalability are not without their challenges. Although the benefits of hydrogen vehicles are easy to see, with longer ranges and significantly quicker fuelling times than battery electric vehicles.

Sign displaying H2 hydrogen station

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