First Hydrogen reveals zero emission campervan concept

Innovative automotive brand First Hydrogen has revealed a concept for a zero emission fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) campervan that it says could help people preserve the environment while enjoying van life. Featuring a design that prioritises driver comfort and spacious living quarters, the RV concept represents the First Hydrogen’s exploration of how fuel electric cell technology could benefit large vehicle applications.

The RV concept has been created in partnership with global mobility expert EDAG Group, and promises to over significant advantages over standard electric vehicles and RVs – FCEVs can cover larger ranges, manage heavier payloads, and they also take a similar length of time to refuel as a petrol or diesel vehicles.

The news follows the announcement that First Hydrogen is successfully starting 12-18-month-long commercial vehicle trials with its Generation I fuel cell LCV. In collaboration with the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium (AHFC), road trials are commencing with award-winning fleet management company, Rivus.

Steve Gill, CEO of Automotive for First Hydrogen, said: “The First Hydrogen campervan is an example of how we see hydrogen fuel cell and other electric vehicle technologies having wider applications. We are successfully demonstrating the potential fuel cell technology has in the LCV class but are exploring how the technology can benefit other sectors including leisure vehicles. Connecting with nature is incredibly important for recreational vehicle owners and this concept indicates how a hydrogen vehicle could help people preserve the environment while enjoying van life.” 

Bernat Costa, Design Director at EDAG Spain, added: “The design for the camper shares similar design principles with the Generation II series; it is a clean, modern look that prioritises function and acknowledges the van’s green fuel technology. It also shares the daytime-running light configuration, which makes the campervan instantly recognisable as a First Hydrogen vehicle. Ultimately, it incorporates features that are desirable for leisure vehicles, such as good vehicle lighting, which is especially useful for vehicle visibility when parked on the roadside or as a source of light when camped away from civilisation.”

First Hydrogen is hoping to capitalise on the growing RV market, which was valued at $56.29 billion in 2022 in North America alone.