First Hydrogen has selected EDAG Group (EDAG) as its design partner for its next generation of hydrogen fuel cell vans (FCEVs).

The German design and engineering company, which specialises in concept cars, prototypes and top level commercial vehicle development, has been tasked with creating a stand-out design for First Hydrogen's next generation of hydrogen-fuelled vans, which will be the company’s first vehicles to enter the mass market.

The deal follows the launch of the manufacturer's first two light commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell stacks.

Announcing the partnership, First Hydrogen said this week that its next generation vans will be "aerodynamic, durable, progressive, and highly functional for the driver, suiting the vehicle’s duty cycle.

"EDAG Group will create impactful design style and engineering concepts for First Hydrogen’s first FCEVs for the mass market."

Steve Gill, First Hydrogen's chief executive of automotive, added: "This is an incredibly important partnership, with the design of our flagship vehicles destined to set the first impressions of our brand and establish our position in the market.

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"We were compelled by EDAG’s innovative approach to developing our next generation vehicles. As our chosen design partner, EDAG appreciates the benefits hydrogen fuel brings to the LCV class in terms of range, payload, ease of refuelling and ease of use. All these aspects will inform the vehicle’s look and overall design features.”

Harald Keller, EDAG Engineering chief operating office, said: "We are really looking forward to design First Hydrogen’s first mass produced FCEVs.

"As design partners, our team will support First Hydrogen to enter the commercial vehicle market with impact and enable us to visually communicate the company’s ambitions and forward-thinking outlook to investors and customers.”