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NEXTGEN hydrogen-powered concept zero emission campervan offers 500 km range

A hydrogen-powered NEXTGEN zero emission campervan study, developed by First Hydrogen Corp and global mobility experts, EDAG, could offer a range of 500 km.

The concept is based on First Hydrogen’s new hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicle.

The camper is designed to be used on various surfaces thanks to the combination of off-road components such as all-terrain tyres, auxiliary lighting and wheel arch flares. 

Inside, the futuristic camper will have spacious living areas with all kinds of electrical appliances that can be used without a power connection thanks to its fuel cell that generates electricity. 

“The First Hydrogen campervan is an example of how we see hydrogen fuel cell and other electric vehicle technologies having wider applications. 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. Connecting with nature is incredibly important for recreational vehicle owners and this concept indicates how a hydrogen vehicle could help people preserve  the environment while enjoying van life,” said Steve Gill, CEO of Automotive for First Hydrogen.

Bernat Costa, Design Director at EDAG Spain commented: “The design for the camper shares similar  design principles with the Generation II series; it is a clean, modern look that prioritises function and  acknowledges the van’s green fuel technology. It also shares the daytime-running light configuration, which makes the campervan instantly recognisable as a First Hydrogen vehicle. Ultimately, it incorporates features  that are desirable for leisure vehicles, such as good vehicle lighting, which is especially useful for vehicle visibility when parked on the roadside or as a source of light when camped away from civilisation.” 

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) can cover larger ranges and manage heavier payloads loads than equivalent  battery electric vehicles (BEVs); attributes that are attractive for the recreational vehicle market. RVs travel long distances, often into the wilderness away from refuelling or charging infrastructure, making long range  especially appealing. Refuelling a FCEV takes mere minutes, approximately the same amount of time as a petrol or diesel vehicle, whereas recharging electric vehicles can take hours, which inhibits the freedom that  van life demands. Additionally, in the same way that delivery vans might need to run refrigeration units and  emergency vehicles power medical equipment; recreational vehicles run auxiliary loads such as cookers and water boilers, applications suited to FCEVs. BEVs require more battery cells to power these loads, adding to  overall vehicle weight, depleting the vehicles’ energy more quickly.  

First Hydrogen is successfully starting 12-18-month-long  commercial vehicle trials with its Generation I fuel cell LCV. In collaboration with the UK Aggregated  Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), road trials are commencing with award-winning fleet management  company, Rivus.

First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver and London UK-based company focused on zero-emission vehicles,  green hydrogen production and distribution and supercritical carbon dioxide extractor systems. The Company  is designing and building hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered light commercial demonstrator vehicles (“LCV”) under  two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of 500+  kilometres. At the same time, the Company has launched its bespoke vehicle design phase which will develop  its fleet of proprietary zero-emission vehicles. First Hydrogen is also developing refueling capability working  with FEV Consulting GmbH, the automotive consultancy of FEV Group of Aachen Germany. As well, the Company is pursuing opportunities in green hydrogen production and distribution in the UK, EU and North America. 

It has not been confirmed if or when the study will go into production.