Fuel cell vehicles on the rise in China4. July 2019
Contrary to the general trend, production and sales figures for fuel cell vehicles in China increased slightly. In the first five months of the year, 553 vehicles were produced, representing an increase of 476 percent. However, it should not be overlooked that this figure is only a fraction of the 380,000 electric cars produced with alternative powertrains.
China’s former science minister Wan Gang said in an interview with Bloomberg that fuel cell vehicles are the future for China’s automotive industry. Gang is also known as the “father” of the introduction of electric vehicles in China and convinced the government two decades ago of the urgency of a shift from combustion to alternative drives. In March 2019, a report by Li Keqiang, Chairman of the People’s Central Government, was published, citing the construction of a hydrogen filling station infrastructure as a key to the country’s further development. It was the first time that the Chinese government has given this technology a significant role.
Currently, only four fuel-powered passenger car models are in series production worldwide and 100 buses, most of them for demonstration purposes, are in operation. A lack of infrastructure and low production volumes lead to high costs for vehicles with fuel cells. According to a spokesperson, the city of Shanghai plans to set up a network of 510 hydrogen filling stations by 2020. SAIC Motor, the leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, reportedly opened the world’s largest hydrogen filling station in Shanghai at the beginning of June. Your company can also take advantage of this opportunity in the new market for fuel cells in China. For the export of products in the automotive sector and other industries, one needs the obligatory China Compulsory Certification (CCC), for which we are happy to advise you.
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