First Hydrogen van

Automotive company First Hydrogen has announced its first zero emission light commercial vehicles (LCVs) have been certified legal on British roads by the Vehicle Certification Authority.

The vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and will now be able to undertake customer trials on public roads commencing January 2023 for a period of 24 months.

First Hydrogen says the vans will be trialled in real-world conditions with major fleet operators initially in the UK to enable it to showcase the design and accelerate adoption by LCV owners of fuel cell-powered vehicles to replace ageing diesel fleets.

A total of 13 UK fleet operators in various industries including telecoms, utilities, infrastructure, delivery, grocery and healthcare have signed up to participate in the trials.

Steve Gill, CEO of automotive for First Hydrogen, said: “This is an important step which validates our engineering and technical expertise. The whole team has worked hard to deliver this certification and we can now move forward with the important customer trials commencing in early 2023.”

Balraj Mann, chairman and CEO of First Hydrogen Corp, added: “We are proud of our automotive team and their recent accomplishments. I am excited about the groundwork laid by the whole team and, as we move forward, executing our business plan in the coming months. Green hydrogen is becoming a clean alternative answer to fossil fuels.”