First Hydrogen plans North American FCEV deployment and production
Following successful UK trials of its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), First Hydrogen has set its sights on North American deployment.
Today (December 19) launching its North American programme, the company announced intentions to develop two additional demonstrator FCEVS for fleet customers in the region.
First Hydrogen plans to build a vehicle assembly facility in Quebec, with annual production capacity for up to 25,000 vehicles. It will sit alongside its previously announced 35MW green hydrogen production plant in Shawinigan.
Utilising its Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) model, the firm will provide customers in the Montreal-Quebec City hub with hydrogen fuel and commercial vehicles.
The North American development programme will be headed up by Stéphane Gagon as Lead Engineer. With over 30 years of experience, Gagon was previously programme manager for the development of Airbus’s A220 for Bombadier Aéronautique.
Gagon said, “Looking at the success the Company has reached in the UK with the hydrogen technology and the customer experience, really motivates me to implement such a program in North America.”
Over the past year, First Hydrogen has undertaken numerous UK road trials of its hydrogen-powered vans with fleet operators.
“It is important for us to share our knowledge gained from the development of the two UK FCEVs as we add FCEVs in Quebec,” said Francois Morin, Vice-President of Development – North America, First Hydrogen.
Morin said the additional North American vehicles would build momentum as the company moves forward with its plans for Shawinigan.
Steve Gill, Head of Automotive at First Hydrogen, added, “The application of our hydrogen powertrain technology to a North American vehicle platform will show the technology to a new set of customers.
“This new programme will only help us to accelerate adoption of hydrogen mobility in the UK, Europe and North America.”