Hydrogen Vehicle Systems Confirms Zero-Emission Hydrogen …

What’s Happening: Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has announced the launch of its zero-emission hydrogen-electric[1] Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), featuring a range of up to 370 miles and a refueling time of just 15 – 20 minutes. The HGV will be showcased at the Commercial Vehicle show on April 18th at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Why It Matters: The HGV is the first indigenous UK-designed and developed hydrogen-electric HGV on the market, providing a complete package of game-changing technology and driver ergonomics. The state-of-the-art fuel cell stack, along with the best in the industry hydrogen tanks, ensures rapid refueling times and maximizes time on the road, delivering unrivaled Total Cost of Ownership to customers.

Hydrogen Vehicle Systems Confirms Zero-Emission Hydrogen-Electric Heavy Goods Vehicle

Key Points:

  • HVS’ vehicle powertrain employs a fuel cell system and energy storage system to deploy electricity to an electric motor[2] to transmit power to the wheels, using a KERS to recapture energy under braking and while the truck is slowing down.
  • The integrated powertrain is controlled with HVS’ advanced control system ‘SEMAS’, delivering class-leading fuel efficiency and powertrain durability comparable to that of current diesel-powered offerings in the market.
  • The fuel cell permits longer range, higher load-carrying capacity, and faster refuelling than would be possible using battery-electric technology alone.
  • Refuelling takes a much shorter time than charging an equivalent battery vehicle and is comparable to filling a truck with diesel, at around 15-20 minutes to refill the hydrogen tanks.

Bottom Line: The launch of HVS’ zero-emission hydrogen-electric HGV offers an innovative solution for the heavy-duty long-range HGV segment, with the capacity to cover up to 370 miles and a rapid refuelling time. The technology represents a major advancement in the commercial vehicle industry, providing customers with a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel-powered vehicles.



  1. ^ hydrogen-electric (theevreport.com)
  2. ^ electric motor (theevreport.com)
  3. ^ Source (www.hvs.co.uk)

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