Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - June 26, 2023) - First Hydrogen Corp. (TSXV: FHYD) (OTC Pink: FHYDF) (FSE: FIT) ("FIRST HYDROGEN" or the "Company") announces that the Company's hydrogen-fuel-cell powered vehicle (FCEV) has been delivered to UK utility, SSE Plc (SSE). The FCEV will begin real-world trials at SSE's operational site at Aberdeen, Scotland and surrounding areas, which features some of the UK's best hydrogen infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable SSE to experience easy and fast refuelling within 5-7 minutes, showcasing a significant advantage of the Company's FCEV over battery electric vehicles (BEV), which typically take hours to recharge.
As the UK's largest low-carbon energy infrastructure company, SSE currently operates one of the largest vehicle fleets in the UK and, in recognition of the crucial role decarbonization of transport plays in meeting net zero, has already pledged to switch 2,500 of its vehicles to electric. Data will be collected from onboard instruments analyzing fuel consumption, usage and efficiency. The information will be used towards calculating the Total Cost of Ownership, a key consideration for fleet operators when purchasing vehicles.
SSE is the first utility to trial the Company's FCEV, coordinated through the Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC). The organization works with large UK fleet operators to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen transport through vehicle deployment and refuelling infrastructure development. The trials will see 16 major fleet operators who have expressed interest in trialling First Hydrogen's vehicle, including grocery, utilities, parcel delivery and healthcare companies.
Steve Gill, CEO Automotive at First Hydrogen says: "We're delighted to be working with energy giant SSE, which is already making great strides in switching to clean energy and decarbonizing its operations. Transitioning to fossil-fuel-free transport is a major step along the road to net zero and we are pleased to help SSE become the first utility company to explore hydrogen vehicle performance alongside other alternative fuels to power its maintenance and utilities vehicles. We're also thrilled to take our vehicle to Aberdeen, where so much work is already underway to champion hydrogen and know that the City Council sees this trial as an important test for promoting commercial FCEVs in the area too."
Ronnie Fleming, Chief Procurement Officer at SSE, says: "As part of our commitment to achieving net zero and in addition to our leading EV100 pledge, we are keen to explore all alternative fuels for our fleet. We're looking forward to seeing the vehicles in action, for our drivers to experience how they operate in practice and for our fleet managers to evaluate how hydrogen vehicles could fit into our future fleets."
About First Hydrogen Corp. (FirstHydrogen.com)
First Hydrogen Corp. is a Vancouver and London UK-based company focused on zero-emission vehicles, green hydrogen production and distribution and supercritical carbon dioxide extractor systems. The Company has designed and built hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered light commercial demonstrator vehicles ("LCV") under two agreements with AVL Powertrain and Ballard Power Systems Inc. The LCV will have a range of 500+ kilometres. These vehicles are currently being trialed with an initial 16 fleet operators in the United Kingdom. At the same time, the company has launched its bespoke vehicle design phase which will develop its fleet of proprietary zero-emission vehicles. First Hydrogen is also developing refueling capability working with FEV Consulting GmbH, the automotive consultancy of FEV Group of Aachen Germany. The Company is also pursuing opportunities in green hydrogen production and distribution in the UK, EU and North America.
About SSE plc (www.sse.com)
SSE's purpose is to provide the energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow, by developing, building, operating and investing in world-class electricity infrastructure that is vital to the clean energy transition. This includes onshore and offshore wind farms, hydro, electricity transmission and distribution networks, power stations, carbon capture and hydrogen storage, solar and batteries, as well as providing energy products and services for businesses and other customers.
A FTSE-100 company headquartered in the UK, SSE has a growing presence in international markets in Europe, Asia and North America. Employing c.12,000 talented and skilled people and are a proud 'real Living Wage' and 'Living Hours' employer and accreditee of the 'Fair Tax Mark'. SSE, also, is the first company in the world to develop a 'Just Transition Strategy' aimed at ensuring the benefits of the clean energy transition are shared by workers and communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
FIRST HYDROGEN CORP.
Chairman & Group CEO
First Hydrogen Corp.
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