Innovative long-range, zero-emissions hydrogen-powered commercial vehicle, Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), today unveiled its plan to revolutionize the transportation industry, unveiling a clean-sheet designed hydrogen commercial vehicle.
Showcasing its game-changing hydrogen powertrain as a 5.5-ton technology demonstrator, HVS is providing a hint of its planned 40-tonne zero-emissions HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle), the company’s goal of being the first indigenous UK is completing. Designed and developed hydrogen-electric HGV in the market.
Established in 2017 in Glasgow, HVS focuses on the design and development of commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen with zero emissions. The company is composed of industry experts with extensive experience in the fields of automotive, energy, hydrogen technology, power electronics, sustainability and environmental management.
With the government goal of reducing all planned non-zero emission heavy duty vehicle sales by 3.5 to 26 tonnes by 2035 or earlier, and all sales of new non-zero emission heavy duty vehicles by 2040, HVS and its world-leading technology have the potential to play a key role in enabling them to achieve emissions reduction goals.
The company also has a defined route to market. In addition to funding from Innovate UK, the Scottish Enterprise and Energy Technology Partnership, HVS’ strategic investment partner is supermarket and petrol station corporation EG Group, which provides hydrogen refueling infrastructure, a fleet customer base and potential global scalability.
El CEO de HVS, Jawad Khursheed, dijo , This technology demonstrator showcases our innovative hydrogen electric commercial vehicle design and advanced powertrain technology, a precursor to our HGV model. Powered by close-coupled green hydrogen (hydrogen produced directly from renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind or solar), our zero-emissions trucks are an important part of decarbonizing the logistics sector. Hydrogen is the perfect fuel for the transportation industry, offering longer distances and faster refueling to stations easily integrated into major transportation networks.
“In addition, we will provide our customers with the most advanced HGV in the industry that delivers a step-change in driving experience, lowest total cost of ownership and market-leading fleet management support.”
break the mold
The HVS tractors will be built on an entirely new chassis, designed around a hydrogen powertrain, consisting of pressurized hydrogen cylinders, fuel cells, energy storage system and axles.
Designed in-house by Head of Design, Pete Clark, who has a wealth of commercial vehicle design experience that he brings to HVS’s engaging truck designs. The unique design from the beginning brings innovation in packaging, performance, efficiency, weight, range, fuel consumption, maintenance and life cycle benefits. The unique design of the technology demonstrator allows for significantly better aerodynamics than current ICE trucks.
The resulting benefits include improved long-range fuel efficiency and improved spatial ergonomics within the cabin, including better access and more space to control, not to mention industry-leading aesthetics.
Driver comfort is taken care of and stress levels are minimized, contributing to a safer and more efficient operating experience. It also inspires confidence, as the driver will be well aware that he is aware of the latest technology.
state-of-the-art fuel cell stack
The HVS vehicle propulsion system uses a fuel cell system and an energy storage system that sends power to an electric motor to transmit power to the wheels. It uses KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) to recover energy when braking and when the truck is slowing down.
The integrated powertrain is controlled by HVS’s ‘SEMAS’ advanced control system, which will deliver class-leading fuel efficiency and durability, contributing to a lower cost of ownership compared to existing offerings with diesel engines in the market.
The fuel cell enables longer range, higher payload capacity and faster refueling than would be possible using lithium-ion battery technology alone – the specific refueling time is comparable to that of a diesel. It is in the segment of heavy duty long range vehicles that hydrogen fuel cells offer the most benefits.
The only emissions from the vehicle are water vapor, which means there are no harmful greenhouse gas emissions of any kind.
Long autonomy and fast refueling
Depending on the route traveled (route traveled, road conditions and driving style), the HVS HGV has a range of over 500 km.
In pursuit of driving efficiency, SEMAS, an advanced control system (supervision of the interaction between the driver and control systems), is being developed. SEMAS will significantly reduce fuel consumption while expanding autonomy.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles do not require charging like a battery-powered electric vehicle. They are recharged with hydrogen gas, stored in a hydrogen cylinder under pressure. Refueling takes much less time than charging a similar battery-powered vehicle and is equivalent to filling a truck with diesel. Many hydrogen filling stations will be located at existing filling stations, which use dispensers that look like traditional gasoline and diesel ones, but with a different nozzle.
location, location, location
HVS is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and has development operations at Horiba MIRA, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. HVS hopes to open a permanent production facility in the UK as well as a pilot R&D, engineering and production facility in the Midlands, building on the region’s traditionally strong motor industry skills base. A workforce is estimated at around 600 employees across all major disciplines, with many recruits coming from the automotive and aerospace industries. Another 10,000 workers are expected to join the UK supply chain to boost the skill base.
A left-hand drive variant of the hydrogen-powered 4×2 HGV tractor unit is planned, with a rigid chassis model also in the pipeline.
Through innovative thinking and grassroots approach, HVS has built an HGV from the ground up that offers the complete package; From innovative technology and driver ergonomics to easy maintenance and minimal total cost of ownership, all packed into an attractive design. EG Group’s investment secures a significant hydrogen fuel infrastructure and route to market.