Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS), the UK’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell truck OEM, has today signed a Partnership Agreement with Explore Plant & Transport Solutions (Explore) to supply 30 HVS hydrogen electric tractor units onto their fleet. 

Under the terms of the Agreement, HVS will deliver 30 hydrogen-powered fuel cell tractor units for Explore to deploy on their fleet across the UK. The vehicles will be supported by a service and maintenance plan, full training on the safe use of hydrogen, refuelling and driver training, and a hydrogen fuelling infrastructure that fully meets the needs of their operation. 

Founded in 2015, Explore is a specialist supplier of transport and plant hire services to a diverse range of industry sectors including aerospace, construction, rail and nuclear, and is one of the fastest growing haulage and plant hire businesses in the UK. 

Chris Gatheridge, Operations Director for Explore commented, “It is our firm belief that Hydrogen-electric fuel cell vehicles are set to revolutionise the long-haul and line-haul trucking industry, providing a clean alternative to traditional diesel engines. These new HVS units will significantly reduce Explore’s carbon footprint, and this Agreement underscores our commitment to advancing green technology within our business. We are excited to be collaborating with HVS to achieve this transition.”

John McLeister and Chris Gatheridge
Chris Gatheridge – “It is our firm belief that Hydrogen-electric fuel cell vehicles are set to revolutionise the long-haul and line-haul trucking industry.”

HVS aims to revolutionise the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry. Their state-of-the-art powertrain solution, designed as a native Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) from the ground up, promises superior efficiency, outstanding performance, and a reduced environmental impact by offering heavier payloads, longer range and faster refuelling compared to battery electric alternatives.

John McLeister, Chief Commercial Officer for HVS said, “This landmark Partnership Agreement is testament to our shared vision of a sustainable future. Our innovative, zero-emission fuel cell technology provides fleet operators with the heavier payloads, longer range and faster refuelling required of modern logistics operations seeking to decarbonise their fleets. We are looking forward to working with Chris and his team as we both aim to lead the logistics industry in sustainability.”

Explore Plant & Transport Solutions Ltd is a specialist supplier of transport and plant hire services in the UK with a fleet of 150 trucks, 6,000 plant hire assets and 7 depots nationwide. It employs 300 people and generates an annual turnover in excess of £70 million. The Transport division combines over 50 years of construction logistics and haulage expertise, and the Plant division boasts one of the largest, most diverse and modern ranges of plant equipment, small tools, formwork and falsework systems. Both in-house divisions providing bespoke end to end services tailored to customer requirements.