Hydrogen Vehicle Systems presents a new hydrogen electric truck

British utility vehicle start-up Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has unveiled plans to launch a zero-emission hydrogen electric truck, with the company aiming to become a leading innovator in the transport industry.

Founded in 2017, HVS focuses on the core development of hydroelectric utility vehicles. The company is made up of hydrogen and power industry specialists and is led by CEO, Jawad Khursheed.

The company first showcased its hydrogen-electric powertrain in the form of a 5.5-tonne demonstrator truck. HVS plans to launch a zero-emission 40-tonne heavy-duty truck using its hydrogen electric powertrain and aims to be the first in the UK to launch such a vehicle.

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HVS isn’t the only brand looking to grab a slice of the hydrogen electric transport market, as British company Tevva unveiled its own range of hydrogen fuel cell trucks earlier this year. .

The Glasgow-based team claims that depending on the route, road conditions and driving style, the HVS HGC should have the capability to travel in excess of 500km (310 miles).

The HVS powertrain includes a hydrogen fuel cell system and an energy storage system to deploy electricity to the eAxle. The truck will be equipped with KERS which will recover braking energy while the truck is slowing down.

According to HVS, the integrated powertrain will be controlled by its own in-house “Semas” system, which the company says will deliver “class-leading fuel efficiency and durability.”

The hydrogen fuel cell allows for longer range, higher charge capacity and faster refueling than using battery technology alone, according to HVS. The only emissions from the truck are water vapour, which means no harmful gases are released.

The HVS tractors will be built on an all-new chassis, which was designed in-house by design manager, Pete Clark.

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HVS says the unique design of the 5.5 ton demonstrator features improvements in truck design over current combustion engine trucks.

Thanks to the heavyweight’s sleek design, the company says the truck’s design will improve fuel efficiency on long hauls, while also benefiting the space inside the cabin, with better ingress and egress.

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