Known for its top-level development of concept cars and prototypes, EDAG was appointed by First Hydrogen in 2022 to develop design and styling for its zero emission light commercial vehicle (LCV).
These first images show the next generation’s front and rear detail. The front view features a digital panel, which shows the configuration of daytime running lights (DRL). The rear elevation reveals vertical tail lights either side of the main cargo access point.
Steve Gill, CEO of automotive for First Hydrogen, said: “We’re thrilled to reveal this preview of our next generation of zero emission vehicles. Following the success of our Generation I demonstrator vans that prove our concept and technology capabilities, with this next series of vehicles, our goal is to provide the commercial van market with a complete solution for operational flexibility.
“This sneak preview indicates the careful consideration that has gone into combining aesthetics with engineering excellence; the vehicle configuration and signature light panels show a solid standout design that is iconic and will be a real head turner.”
First Hydrogen briefed EDAG Group to assist it in the development of designs for large panel vans that can be scaled to different vehicle heights and lengths.
The result will be modular vehicles that allow for customisation to suit operational use and can be employed for a wide range of applications including express delivery, grocery, construction and utilities work, emergency services and vehicle recovery, says First Hydrogen.
Bernat Costa, design director at EDAG Spain, said: “The pure design of the light panels complements 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 emissions status.
“We can’t wait to reveal more of the design as we progress on the project.”
First Hydrogen revealed its Generation I fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) last year, which are now undergoing mileage accumulation and testing before commencing operational trials.
From March 2023, the vans will be placed with fleet operators from the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), which include national supermarkets, utilities 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 future customers and provide data to inform the development and production of its future vehicles.