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07 Jun 2024

Haulage and plant hire business to receive heavy-duty hydrogen units from HVS

Haulage and plant hire business to receive heavy-duty hydrogen units from HVS

A  new agreement has been announced and this agreement will involve Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) delivering thirty hydrogen-electric tractor units to Explore Plant & Transport Solutions.

The agreement goes on to say that the hydrogen-powered vehicles which have been supplied to the company, will be strategically deployed throughout the UK. Alongside the vehicles, to make sure this project stands the test of time and performs at its best, a service and maintenance plan will be provided, along with training around the safe use of hydrogen and refueling. The company will also receive training on which kind of infrastructure is needed.

Currently both companies have seen success with their work and they are both focusing on what their next steps could be. For instance, Explore supplies transport and plant hire services to UK customers who are located within aerospace, construction rail and nuclear industries. Now that they have seen a large amount of success with that, they are looking to move towards the idea of having hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company’s Operations Director, Chris Gatheridge says that he ‘believes hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will “revolutionise” the long-haul and construction logistics sectors.’

On the other hand, HVS’ heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) success has brought them to a new milestone, undergoing trials in the UK. Recently, one of their units displayed the capability of pulling a trailer at the high-speed track at UTAC, which is located in Millbrook. It was claimed that this HGV, “didn’t disappoint with excellent performance on its very first test run.”

Gatheridge added, “These new HVS units will significantly reduce Explore’s carbon footprint, and this agreement underscores our commitment to advancing green technology within our business.”

Chief Commercial Officer for HVS, John McLeister, commented, “Our innovative, zero-emission fuel cell technology provides fleet operators with the heavier payloads, longer range and faster refuelling required of modern logistics operations seeking to decarbonise their fleets.”

McLeister also stated that ‘the company is focused on the next phase of vehicle testing.’ He said, “A HVS vehicle has the potential to remove at least a tonne of CO2, circa 1,000 miles of displaced diesel operations.”


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