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Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has unveiled its modular HGV platform that provides a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain with medium- and high-power e-axles, up to three hydrogen tanks and two power outputs. The modular platform is built on a fixed wheelbase, which means the vehicle’s footprint does not change, irrespective of specification.

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HVS’ ground-up designed vehicles have been specifically developed to maximize driver comfort while the platform is purpose~built around the hydrogen powertrain. The vehicle’s design includes a suspended cab at the front and a fixed tower at the rear, housing the thermal and powertrain systems.

This platform format breaks with the industry-standard tradition of variable cab types and sizes—such as big, medium and small, and high/low-roof—and means that even the smallest variants have the same spacious cab as the largest models.

The modular platform allows operators to define their HGV specification relative to their operation, while simultaneously transitioning to a zero-emission fleet. HVS’ approach is to ensure that it supplies vehicles in the most appropriate form for the job requirement.

The modular platform’s flexibility is such that the trucks can easily be retrofitted with alternative modules such as additional hydrogen tanks if the fleet’s duties change or expand.

This has the effect of minimizing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and provides a compelling business case for early switching to CO2-free vehicles. The company’s emphasis is on price-per-mile usage and ensuring operators achieve the performance, range and durability they require of this next generation of freight workhorses.

The adaptable architecture means core electrochemical modules, including the battery and fuel cell, can be swapped out for more advanced equivalents as the technology advances. This future-proofs the vehicle and increases its potential operational life, while other less-critical components, such as interior trim or body panels, can also be simultaneously refurbished by HVS when a drivetrain upgrade is performed.

HVS’ approach of refurbishment and replacement enables owners to take advantage of technological advancements more so than conventional diesel trucks or even current battery electric equivalents, HVS says.

HVS is developing new hydrogen drivetrains for its future vehicles, with a focus on delivering maximum power and range for each operational duty class. With this modular platform HVS offers the best available technology meaning that its 4x2 tractor unit provides a highly competitive, zero-emission range of up to 370-mile/600-kilometers.

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