Currently reading: British-Canadian firm bets on hydrogen with 372-mile fuel cell van
Start-up First Hydrogen is looking to offer UK fleets a diesel alternative from early 2023

British-Canadian start-up First Hydrogen has received approval for fleet-wide on-road trials of its fuel-cell vans, commencing in January 2023.

The company uses the Man eTGE as a basis for its vans, converting each example from a battery-electric powertrain to hydrogen fuel-cell electric one using parts from Ballard Power Systems.

This boosts the eTGE’s range substantially; from the original 71.5 miles to First Hydrogen’s claimed 248-372 miles, this variance likely depending on conditions such as payload and speed.

First Hydrogen also cites reduced downtime as a key benefit of fuel cells, which take five minutes to fully refuel.

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