HVS (Hydrogen Vehicle Systems) has started prototype truck manufacturing at a specialised facility located in Silverstone, Northamptonshire - another important step in the company’s ambitious plan to bring a UK-built hydrogen fuel cell truck into series production.


Source: HVS

The facility, spanning 18,000 square feet and operated by Fablink, offers comprehensive build capabilities including quality assurance, logistics, a toolroom, and office amenities. HVS has established a long-term partnership with Fablink, who will be responsible for manufacturing cab structures, chassis, power towers, and providing assembly services. Additionally, HSSMI is providing support as a manufacturing service partner.

“We have embarked on another exciting new chapter for HVS,” explains Lisa-Marie Cunningham, HVS Interim Chief Operating Officer. ”The Fablink team and facility provides us with the space, all the equipment and expertise essential for our build operations. This next project phase in Silverstone, home of automotive excellence, combined with the support of our exceptional team and manufacturing partners, positions us perfectly to successfully deliver our prototype programme.” 

At the Silverstone site, HVS has completed the initial build of the first prototype rig, which will undergo initial testing at UTAC, Leyland. The construction of several other Attribute Prototypes (APs) is currently underway. These APs will be utilised to assess various attributes of the truck design, including strength, durability, range, and efficiency, in preparation for series production.