2022-08-22 | TSXV:FHYD | Press release

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – Aug. 22, 2022) – First Hydrogen Corp. (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC Pink: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) (“FIRST HYDROGEN“or the”Company“) is pleased to announce that its two demonstrator vehicles have successfully completed initial commissioning testing. The fuel cell systems, including the cell supplied by Ballard Power Systems, have undergone extensive calibration and testing in Graz, Austria.Testing is conducted by First Hydrogen’s automotive manufacturing partner, AVL, one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry and beyond.

The commissioning process ensures vehicles meet the highest possible safety standards for hydrogen and high-voltage electrical safety systems. As part of the commission, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service inspected the vehicles at AVL’s facilities in Basildon, UK, and were satisfied that the control measures put in place supported the application for use on county roads. This milestone allows the vehicles to be tested under mixed road and driving conditions and confirm performance ahead of First Hydrogen’s real-world operational trials with major fleet operators in early 2023.

Since the announcement of the trials, which are being coordinated by Element Energy and the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AFHC), two more fleets have expressed interest in taking part in the demonstration programme. A total of 12 fleet operators working in a range of industries, including telecommunications, utilities, infrastructure, delivery, groceries and healthcare, have now signed up to participate. They will be able to technically evaluate First Hydrogen’s fuel cell vehicles in terms of payload, range and ease of refueling and compare ease of use with battery electric alternatives. It is expected that First Hydrogen will be able to obtain indications of interest for future vehicle orders as a result of these trials.

Steve Gill, CEO of First Hydrogen Automotive, says: “Completing the first trials is a key milestone in our demonstrators. This allows First Hydrogen to progress into the next stages of vehicle hydrogen system development, fueling trials and on-road dynamic driving. We are delighted that the Essex Fire and Rescue Service has been reassured to see the control measures in place, so we have backed the application for use on county roads.This also paves the way for acceptance of the future hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for road testing in the uk.year we are heading towards our goal of accelerating the adoption of zero emissions vehicles in the light commercial vehicle market.we are extremely encouraged by the appetite of members of the AHFC, which includes some of the largest fleet operators in the UK, to test our hydrogen vehicles Not only will these trials provide exclusive data It’s unique for our next generation of vehicles, but the trials should also generate future demand and growth to create a customer base.”

Balraj Mann, President of First Hydrogen, says, “Because hydrogen demonstrator vans are nearly road legal, First Hydrogen is able to participate in the various government programs that the Canadian and US governments have in place. The Canadian government, in its 2022 budget, is offering $3-billion in incentives for zero-emission vehicles and related infrastructure. The recent US Climate, Taxes and Health Bill provides a massive US$369 billion to fight climate change. The US bill will lower the cost of producing green hydrogen, which will lower operating costs for vehicle owners.”

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About First Hydrogen Corp. (FirstHydrogen.com)

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 removal systems. The company designs and builds demonstration light utility vehicles (“LCVs”) powered by hydrogen fuel cells under two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of over 500 kilometers. At the same time, the company has launched its bespoke vehicle design phase which will develop its fleet of zero-emission clean vehicles. First Hydrogen is also developing refueling capability in conjunction with FEV Consulting GmbH, the automotive consultancy of the FEV Group of Aachen in Germany. The Company is also looking for opportunities in the production and distribution of green hydrogen in the UK and elsewhere.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of


Balraj Mann



Balraj Mann

First Hydrogen Corp.



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