There are more and more manufacturers that set their sights on the hydrogen And it’s not just about big companies, such as Toyota, BMW, Honda or Stellantis, there are also many start-ups that are committed to using hydrogen for mobility.
the canadian First Hydrogen is one of them. Among his many projects is one to expand the infrastructure to refuel hydrogen, but also the development and production of a hydrogen camper van.
It’s just a sketch for now
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We are successfully demonstrating the potential fuel cell technology has in the LCV class but are exploring how the technology can benefit other sectors including leisure vehicles. #vanlife #hydrogen pic.twitter.com/T8ERPpa90f— First Hydrogen (@first_hydrogen) April 17, 2023
In recent months several start ups have submitted their proposals for hydrogen vehicles. France’s Hopium unveiled a Machina prototype very close to production and has already received an order for thousands of units.
The firm NamX located halfway between Morocco and France did the same with a crossover with interchangeable hydrogen capsules and the Scottish HVS has received an injection from the British government to make its fuel cell truck a reality.
But they are not the only ones. the canadian company First Hydrogen has several projects underway that revolve around hydrogen and one of them is a fuel cell camper van developed together with the Spanish company EDAG Group.
First Hydrogen is also working on a self-developed fuel cell van, but has noticed that the world of campervans is becoming more and more popular, not only in North America, but also in Europe. For this reason, it has decided to take advantage of part of the technology of its Generation II van to create a fuel cell camper.
There are already fully electric campervans, in fact, the offer does not stop growing with proposals of all sizes, from the Mercedes-Benz EQT Marco Polo to the Winnebago eV2, so First Hydrogen believes that there is a market for an electric campervan of fuel cell that offers more autonomy than battery electric campervans.
At the moment, the only thing that this company has shown of its hydrogen camper is a sketch, but First Hydrogen already has experience on the ground with its Generation I van based on a MAN TGE that has been in the testing phase for almost a year and a half in collaboration with the Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC) of the United Kingdom.
The idea is to use this experience to design the camper van, which should arrive with a specific design and well differentiated from the commercial Hydrogen II model with which it will share a good part of its technology.
From what can be seen in the sketch published by First Hydrogen, this fuel cell camper designed with the help of EDAG will have a very American look and feel. true off-road focusbut we still don’t know any of its specifications nor can we get an idea of how much it will cost.
“The First Hydrogen campervan is one example of how we see hydrogen fuel cells and other electric vehicle technologies have broader applications. We are successfully demonstrating the potential fuel cell technology has in commercial vehicles, but we are exploring how the technology can benefit other sectors, including recreational vehicles,” said Steve Gill, CEO of First’s mobility division. Hydrogen.
Over the next few months we should have more news about this hydrogen camper van with Canadian and Spanish DNA. Meanwhile, some large manufacturers are already exploring the feasibility of hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector, such as Ford with its recently introduced E-Transit fuel cell units.
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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