Edwin C Farrall Transport Partners with Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) for Groundbreaking Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Trial

By June 19, 2024 4   min read  (736 words)

June 19, 2024 |

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  • Edwin C Farrall Transport aims for net zero carbon by 2050 through a strategic partnership with HVS
  • Trials of HVS’ Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (HFCEV) to start in late 2025
  • Partnership will explore suitability of zero-emission HGV technology for possible adoption onto their fleet

Glasgow — Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), the UK’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell truck OEM, has entered into a strategic collaboration with Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd (Farrall’s Group) to explore the integration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell HGVs into the Farrall’s fleet. 

Farrall’s Group is a third-generation family transportation company based in the northwest, and with a clear focus on delivering a sustainable road map of carbon emission reduction and management, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with HVS to commit to zero emission commercial vehicle trials.

Managing Director at Farrall’s Group, Matthew Farrall, said, “Our team is continually looking at ways to reduce and improve our environmental emissions output. We all have a responsibility to look after our environment and as a family we are extremely conscious we must set a responsible example for all to follow. Our partnership with HVS allows us to explore the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and helps us to deliver a greener running fleet to improve our impact on local communities.”

The MOA outlines the partnership’s objective to provide the Farrall’s Group with HVS hydrogen fuel cell HGVs when these groundbreaking zero-emission vehicles become available for trial in late 2025. The sharing of vehicle data, TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) modelling, route planning, infrastructure support and performance optimisation are just some of the benefits of the MOA partnership.

As John McLeister, Chief Commercial Officer for HVS explains, “Here at HVS, our focus is on collaborating with transport and logistics providers to help them achieve their net zero targets. We are closely aligned to the climate aims of the Farrall family and are looking forward to supporting them on their net-zero journey. Our close cooperation with the hydrogen supply chain will ensure that our vehicles offer a highly competitive TCO by supporting with the most appropriate hydrogen infrastructure for the organisation, and providing a zero-emission fuel cell vehicle that offers heavier payloads, longer range, and faster refuelling compared to battery electric alternatives.”

HVS aims to revolutionise the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry. Their state-of-the-art powertrain solution, designed as a native Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) from the ground up, promises superior efficiency, outstanding performance, and a reduced environmental impact.

Farrall’s Group started life back in 1956 when Eddie & Joan made the choice to buy an O’Type Bedford instead of getting married and founded Edwin C Farrall Transport. Since that day Team FG has continued to grow from strength to strength with a fleet of 70 vehicles and 100 trailers; 3 BRC AA accredited warehouses situated across the northwest; a vehicle workshop; a successful joint 4PL company FF&W, with fellow family business Fagan & Whalley; and a dedicated team of over 120 employees. One of the biggest green initiatives is the Farrall’s Group Family Forest. So far, over 1700 trees have been planted, which over their lifetime will capture the same amount of carbon as is produced by the Group in 1 year.

HVS (Hydrogen Vehicle Systems) is a UK company founded 2017. From innovative powertrain design to ground up production, HVS aims to disrupt the commercial vehicle industry by being an early mover with the most advanced, all–new zero emission HGV. Leading the way in hydrogen electric vehicle design, HVS is pioneering cutting-edge solutions that will decarbonise one of the heaviest polluting sectors worldwide. Combining unique design, efficiency, and performance; HVS will provide the ultimate driver experience at lower costs and lowest emissions.

Top Facts

Based on HVS’ conservative sales projections, by 2030 the new UK fleet of hydrogen HGVs displacing diesel vehicles could prevent more CO2 and noxious air emissions than the reported on-ground annual emissions of Heathrow airport.

Green hydrogen is an infinitely renewable fuel.  It is made using renewable electricity to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen. In the fuel cell, hydrogen recombines with oxygen from the air to produce heat, power and water.

Fuel Cells were invented in the UK by a Welsh scientist Sir William Grove in 1839.

The UK is home to leading international hydrogen production, supply and storage industries, and HVS is an emerging OEM.

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