Scotland based Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has received the support of almost £50,000 from Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland.
This support was part of “The Can Do Zero Emissions Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDV) challenge” which was launched in July by Transport Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to help businesses develop innovative solutions to decarbonise transport and aid Scotland’s green recovery.
Through this support, HVS aims to undertake a feasibility and development study into its rigid hydrogen- powered truck. There are currently 486,000 HGVs on British roads and rigid trucks make up around half of these, all of which will need to be replaced over the coming years as petrol and diesel bans start to come into force.
HVS is working tirelessly to produce zero-emission hydrogen-electric HGVs that will replace the heavily polluting diesel trucks that currently contribute 20% of transport emissions, about 23 million tonnes of CO2, despite making up only 2% of vehicles.
This study will help us reach a bigger market with our products, reducing emissions further. We are also working to improve driver well-being, overall efficiency and make UK roads safer through innovations on our trucks.
“This HVS study aims to facilitate the decarbonising of the road haulage sector with the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell trucks to uphold the environmental benefits observed from the COVID-19 lockdown and continue the country’s drive towards net-zero. This HVS rigid hydrogen-powered truck will have performance parity with diesel regarding heavy payload, long-range and rapid refuelling,” explained CEO Jawad Khursheed, HVS.
“The zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles projects will provide support for businesses to innovate in this transport space whilst also helping meet net-zero targets. HVS is one of the businesses that received support, and we are excited to see its plans to use hydrogen-electric technology in a range of vans and trucks to decarbonise the road haulage sector in Scotland and worldwide.” said the Head of Low Carbon Transition for Scottish Enterprise Andy McDonald.
The multi-award-winning HVS brings together the latest technology and their innovative designs to produce zero-emission commercial vehicles. HVS’ vehicles will help the wider transport industry to meet ambitious emission reduction targets of -15% by 2025, -30% by 2030 and fully zero-emission fleets by 2040.
About HV Systems
HV Systems design and develop zero-emission, long-range, hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. With its Head Office based in Glasgow Scotland, HVS have a strategically positioned team across the country, including Coventry and other centres close to the wider automotive industry.