Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), the UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell truck original equipment manufacturer (OEM), has signed a partnership agreement with Explore Plant & Transport Solutions (Explore) to supply 30 hydrogen electric tractor units for Explore’s fleet.


Source: HVS

John McLeister and Chris Gatheridge

Under this agreement, HVS will deliver 30 hydrogen-powered fuel cell tractor units to Explore, which will be deployed across the UK. The agreement includes a service and maintenance plan, comprehensive training on the safe use of hydrogen, refuelling procedures, and driver training. Additionally, a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure will be established to support their operations.

Explore, founded in 2015, is a specialist supplier of transport and plant hire services to various industry sectors including aerospace, construction, rail, and nuclear. It is recognized as one of the fastest-growing haulage and plant hire businesses in the UK.

“We believe that hydrogen-electric fuel cell vehicles will revolutionize the long-haul and line-haul trucking industry by providing a clean alternative to traditional diesel engines. The new HVS units will significantly reduce Explore’s Carbon footprint, highlighting our commitment to advancing green technology within our business.”Chris Gatheridge, Operations Director for Explore.

“This partnership agreement reflects our shared vision of a sustainable future. Our zero-emission fuel cell technology offers fleet operators the heavier payloads, longer range, and faster refuelling necessary for modern logistics operations seeking to decarbonize their fleets. We look forward to working with Chris and his team as we aim to lead the logistics industry in sustainability.”John McLeister, Chief Commercial Officer for HVS.

HVS is focused on transforming the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with its advanced powertrain solution, designed from the ground up as a native Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). The company promises superior efficiency, outstanding performance, and a reduced environmental impact by offering advantages such as heavier payloads, longer range, and faster refuelling compared to battery electric alternatives.