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This is part of its plan for North America, to eventually include the assembly of these zero-emission vehicles plus the production of green hydrogen in Quebec. Learn why experts believe now is the time to invest in this cleantech company.

First Hydrogen Corp. (FHYD:TSX; FHYDF:OTC; FIT:FSE) initiated a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle (FCEV) program in North America, in which it is building two zero-emission demonstration FCEVs to showcase to prospective fleet customers in the region, a news release noted.

"The application of our hydrogen powertrain technology to a North American vehicle platform will show the technology to a new set of customers," Steve Gill, head of automotive at First Hydrogen, said in the release.

The company previously rolled out its first such program in the United Kingdom (U.K.), which has been successful and is ongoing, noted the release.

The North American counterpart is the next step in First Hydrogen's plan to construct a 35-megawatt green hydrogen production facility and vehicle assembly factory in Shawinigan, Quebec. Once online, the company will provide customers in the Montreal-Quebec City area with green hydrogen fuel and zero-emission commercial vehicles.

The company also announced it is happy to support Steven Guilbeault's, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announcement of Canada's new Electric Vehicle Availability Standard. This new standard will increase the supply of clean, zero-emission vehicles in the country. This also includes First Hydrogen's fuel-cell vehicles, battery-electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid models. 

Also making the company attractive now is the fact it "is at the very beginning of its growth cycle," Ron Struthers.

The release stated that "The Standard will ensure that Canada can achieve a national target of 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035, contributing to Canada's climate change goal of preventing 362 megatonnes of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. First Hydrogen's FCEV has proved hydrogen power will be essential to meet climate change goals required by Canadian fleet operators in sectors such as grocery, parcel delivery, mining, and utilities."

On word of this news, CEO Balraj Mann stated,  "This is exciting news for Canada and First Hydrogen. We strongly support the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard, which helps Canada keep pace with the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, and several other major economies that are taking action to lower emissions and put more FCEVs on the road."

Developing an Integrated Solution

First Hydrogen, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Montreal, Quebec, and London, England, is working toward facilitating decarbonization of the transportation sector in Europe and North America, explained the company's chairman and chief executive officer Balraj Mann.

It is developing a closed-loop, green hydrogen-based solution to the vehicle emissions problem, which addresses both supply and demand by manufacturing FCEVs and producing and distributing green hydrogen for their operation.

With its solution, the company is making it possible for transportation fleets to employ these next-generation vehicles and is creating ecosystems to foster expansion in regions with high growth potential.

High demand from the transportation industry is driving the green hydrogen sector, according to the market research platform MarketsandMarkets.

Now is an opportune time to invest in First Hydrogen, given it has already proven its hydrogen-powered FCEV concept for light-duty vehicles through testing over 10,000 kilometers in Great Britain earlier this year. Since then, at the company's track day at HORIBA MIRA, numerous large fleet operators were able to try out the FCEVs.

"The U.K. trials have shown hydrogen power will be essential to meet the critical range, payload towing and fast refueling capabilities required by fleet operators in sectors such as grocery, parcel delivery, mining and utilities which cannot be met by battery-electric vehicles," the release noted.

Also making the company attractive now is the fact it "is at the very beginning of its growth cycle," Founder and Editor Ron Struthers wrote in his July 12, 2023 Struthers' Resource Stock Report. In the article, he highlighted First Hydrogen as a company "very well-positioned for the development of hydrogen and FCEVs."

He added, "[The company] will have revenues from selling FCEVs that have now reached acceptance, and I expect we will soon see major purchase orders. First Hydrogen will also make revenues producing and selling hydrogen."

Growth Forecasted in Both Sectors

As for the green energy transportation sector, significant growth is anticipated, according to Struthers, with FCEVs eventually becoming commonly used by long haulers, service fleets, taxis, and last-mile delivery services. Importantly, based on new technology's S curve of behavior, he wrote FCEVs are now about to experience the strongest growth in the market. This stage follows acceptance, which, Struthers noted, FCEVs have just achieved.

"For example," he added, "if the new technology has 5% of the market, the growth to 50% is a 1,000% increase. Currently, FCEVs have less than 5% of the electric vehicle market."

High demand from the transportation industry is driving the green hydrogen sector, according to the market research platform MarketsandMarkets, due to the energy's superior performance and zero carbon emission. As such, continued expansion in this market is expected globally, at a 61% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2027.

Technical Analyst Clive Maund rated the hydrogen company Buy in his July 2023 report.

Similar growth of the market to 2027 is expected in the U.K., one of First Hydrogen's geographical targets, at a 58% CAGR.

Regarding the company's second area of focus, North America, it "is primed for a hydrogen revolution due to its existing oil and gas experience and infrastructure, a wide variety of existing and potential demand sectors and diverse energy resources," noted GlobalData, a data analytics firm.

As such, North America is expected to be one of the world's top regions for hydrogen production by 2050, producing about 20% of global supply, the Hydrogen Council asserted in its "Hydrogen Insights 2023" report.

Along with forecasted growth, the green hydrogen sector boasts "enormous government support" in various forms, Struthers pointed out, from building infrastructure to offering tax incentives. In Canada, he wrote, First Hydrogen may benefit from national and provincial (Quebec) inducements, including investment tax credits for clean hydrogen and zero-emission technology manufacturing and lower tax rates for zero-emission technology manufacturers.

The Catalysts

Events that could boost First Hydrogen's stock include orders of its FCEVs by one or more fleets in the U.K. and progress on building its Canadian facilities for assembling vehicles and producing green hydrogen.

Technical Analyst Clive Maund rated the hydrogen company Buy in his July 2023 report

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First Hydrogen Corp. (FHYD:TSX; FHYDF:OTC; FIT:FSE)

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Around the same time, Struthers indicated the company's stock price, then about CA$3.10 per share, was at an "attractive entry point." Now, the share price is even lower, at about CA$1.68. 

In a burgeoning and government-supported sector and on the cusp of significant growth and expansion into a second region, First Hydrogen is a company worth investing in now, experts said.

Ownership and Share Structure

According to First Hydrogen, it has 70.92 million (70.92M) outstanding shares and 66.5M free-float traded shares.

Insiders own about 3.9M of its outstanding shares, or 5.5%. Specifically, Executive Chairman Nicholas Wrigley owns 4.23% of the company, or 3M shares. Chairman and CEO Balraj Mann owns 1%, or 0.71M shares, and Director Alicia Milne owns 0.14%, or 0.1M shares.

First Hydrogen has a market cap of CA$83.28M. Trades in the 52-week range from CA$1.40 per share to CA$4.29.

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