First Hydrogen has given the first glimpse of its next generation zero emission vans.
The Generation II images show partial shots of the van and its design which was produced in collaboration with engineering group EDAG, which develops concept vehicles and prototypes.
They show the next generation’s front and rear detail, the front featuring a smart digital panel, which shows the configuration of daytime running lights (DRL) designed to give the van a recognisable face and identity, as well as outstanding visibility.
The rear elevation reveals vertical tail lights either side of the main cargo access point. The design aims for functionality and can accommodate different types of doors including tailgates, barn doors and roller shutters.
EDAG Group’s brief included the development of designs for large panel vans that can be scaled to different vehicle heights and lengths.
These modular vehicles can be customised to suit operational use across a wide range of applications including express delivery, grocery, construction and utilities work, emergency services and vehicle recovery.
The images come just months after First Hydrogen revealed its Generation I fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which is now undergoing mileage accumulation and testing before commencing operational trials.
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From March 2023, the vans will be placed with fleet operators from the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), which include national supermarkets, utilities providers, roadside assistance and healthcare services.
First Hydrogen said the real-world on-road trials will enable operators to experience hydrogen transport solutions first-hand and help the company engage with potential future customers and provide data to inform the development and production of its future vehicles.
Steve Gill, chief executive of automotive at First Hydrogen, said: “We’re thrilled to reveal this preview of our next generation of zero emission vehicles.
“Following the success of our Generation I demonstrator vans that prove our concept and technology capabilities, with this next series of vehicles, our goal is to provide the commercial van market with a complete solution for operational flexibility.
“This sneak preview indicates the careful consideration that has gone into combining aesthetics with engineering excellence; the vehicle configuration and signature light panels show a solid standout design that is iconic and will be a real head turner.”
Bernat Costa, EDAG Spain design director, added: “The pure design of the light panels complements the vehicle’s functional purpose, establishing a First Hydrogen design signature and illuminating the van to improve its visibility for other road users in city and urban landscapes.
“This is especially important for delivery and roadside assistance vehicles, which need to make regular stops. The clean aesthetic also reflects the vehicles’ zero emissions status. We can’t wait to reveal more of the design as we progress on the project.”
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