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HVS unveils modular vehicle platform for its hydrogen HGVs

Glasgow-based hydrogen-powered commercial vehicle manufacturer Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) has unveiled its modular platform, which it says offers Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) operators maximum flexibility from a single base vehicle.

The company’s tractor unit will be available with two different types of e-axle – one medium power and one high power – and with up to three hydrogen tanks, depending on the customer’s range requirements. Its 4×2 tractor unit provides a zero-emission range of up to 600km, HVS claims.

In addition, the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain can be specified with two different power outputs depending on the customer’s payload and mission requirements.

The modular platform is built on a fixed wheelbase, which means the vehicle’s footprint does not change, irrespective of specification.

Pete Clarke, head of design at HVS said: “We’re offering maximum modularity within a single base vehicle platform, and we would never have been able to achieve this level of flexibility and optimisation with a diesel-powertrain derived vehicle design.

“Our vehicles have been created for a fundamentally different technology within an all-new package, so every cubic millimetre has been designed afresh. We initially calculated the maximum wheelbase possible to achieve the required turning circle and manoeuvrability for the target market. The design process then began with the optimal powertrain format, around which the vehicle design was then created – ensuring that form followed function.

“Rather than playing with a configurator, HVS can put the best value package together for customers based on information about what they do, the loads they will carry, along with their ranges and routes.”