500 licensed fuel cell commercial trucks are to be deployed in Shanghai, China, Ballard Power Systems has revealed.

Expected to be the world’s largest deployment of fuel cell commercial trucks, each of the 500 Dongfeng Special Vehicle Trucks is powered by a 30KW fuel cell engine, designed and integrated by Shanghai Reinventing Fire Technology Company (Re-Fire), featuring Ballard FCvelocity®-9SSL proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks.

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Source: Ballard Power Systems

Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, said the company is pleased to be collaborating with Re-Fire as it drives “market adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles – or FCEVs – incorporating Ballard fuel cell technology”.

He continued, “We believe this is the largest planned deployment of fuel cell-powered trucks anywhere in the world. It is not surprising that this is happening in Shanghai given that city’s leadership in the commercial adoption of FCEVs.”

Mr. Robin Lin, Re-Fire’s CEO added, “Fuel cell electric commercial trucks represent a large and attractive market opportunity in China, particularly where user requirements favor long range, heavy payloads and fast refuelling.”

“With the integration work completed in late-2017, and all 500 commercial trucks having received green license plates for new energy vehicles in Shanghai, we are now preparing for vehicle launch. We expect to deploy all 500 trucks in 2018, subject to parallel activities, including appropriate scaling of fuelling infrastructure and our service platform.”

In 2017, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information and the Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission launched the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan, a ground-breaking plan calling for the annual production of 3,000 FCEVs by 2020.

Two recently-constructed hydrogen (H2) refuelling stations are currently operating in Shanghai, with two additional stations planned for completion in the first half of 2018. As per the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan, a total of five-to-10 H2 fuelling stations are planned by 2020.

China is forecasted to account for approximately 42% of global production of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2020, or approximately 1.1 million units, according to LMC Automotive.