Hydrogen Fuel Vehicle

HVS celebrates X2.0 test success

Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), a British company, which is developing hydrogen-powered trucks for the commercial market, celebrated the latest milestone in their vehicle testing and development program. Their second test vehicle, X2.0, was put through its paces on the test track, delivering the first trailer pull. Powered by green hydrogen, X2.0 didn’t disappoint with excellent performance on its very first test run on the high-speed track at UTAC, Millbrook. A major moment for the busines as the real-world capabilities of the truck were showcased.

X2.0 is one of a series of engineering prototypes. Each testing phase focuses on different aspects of the vehicle design and utilizes them alongside computer-aided engineering models. This truck will generate crucial real-world test track data, which, when combined with dyno test data gathered to date, will refine the vehicle set-up and optimize systems calibration. Specifically, data points from the vehicle’s powertrain functional software and performance under physical tests, will now begin to be mapped to the virtual world. 

The UK-built prototypes all feature the unique HVS Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain. This powertrain delivers a suite of features perfectly suited to HGV operations. The truck offers comparable performance to traditionally fuelled commercial vehicles. Furthermore, it emits only water from the tailpipe, with fast refueling, heavier payloads, and long range. However, the water emissions were visible on the test day, demonstrating that the fuel cells are working as expected. 

“It’s less than one year on from launching our HGV technology demonstrator, and we are already on the test track showing our incredible progress with our first trailer pull with a HVS fuel cell truck. It is the culmination of the team’s hard work and commitment, and the support of our key development suppliers, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved in this milestone moment of our test programme. I can’t wait to see what more this vehicle can do.”

John McKenna, HVS Chief Technical Officer.

HVS once more showcases its sharp focus on engineering excellence, design innovation, and sustainability. Their endeavor seeks to transform the heavy-duty commercial vehicle sector. Additionally, from inception, they offer a state-of-the-art powertrain solution, conceived as a native Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). This solution pledges enhanced efficiency, exceptional performance, and minimized environmental footprint. They are progressing towards conducting customer trials of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by the middle of the decade.

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