First Hydrogen reveals 1st images of futuristic looking next-generation LCV
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London-based zero-emission vehicle company First Hydrogen has shared some images of its coming Generation II light commercial vehicles that will allow for customization to suit operational use and can be employed for a wide range of applications.
First Hydrogen has received initial Generation II images that show the next generation’s front and rear detail. The front view features 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 extra visibility.
The rear elevation reveals vertical taillights on either side of the main cargo access point. The design follows function as it accommodates different types of doors including tailgates, barn doors and roller shutters.
Global mobility engineers EDAG was appointed by First Hydrogen in 2022 to develop design and styling for the company’s zero-emission light commercial vehicles (LCV). The designs can be scaled to different vehicle heights and lengths.
Bernat Costa, Design Director at EDAG Spain, comments:
“The pure design of the light panels complement 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 emission status. We can’t wait to reveal more of the design as we progress on the project.”
The result will be modular vehicles that allow for customization to suit operational use and can be employed for a wide range of applications including express delivery, grocery, construction and utility work, emergency services and vehicle recovery.
First Hydrogen’s Generation I FCEVs are now undergoing mileage accumulation and testing before commencing operational trials. Starting March 2023, the vans will be placed with fleet operators from the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), which include national supermarkets, utility providers, roadside assistance and healthcare services.
These real-world on-road trials will enable operators to experience hydrogen transport solutions first-hand and help First Hydrogen engage with potential customers and provide data to inform the development and production of its future vehicles.
Photo credits @ First Hydrogen