Nuvera Fuel Cells, LCC (Nuvera), has signed a cooperation agreement with the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, in Zhejiang province, China, to enable the local manufacture of Nuvera® fuel cell stacks beginning in 2019.

The agreement also includes an investment by Nuvera to establish a production facility in Fuyang. The fuel cells will power zero-emissions heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) such as delivery vans and transit buses.

“Nuvera is proud to partner with the Fuyang government to bring robust clean transportation solutions to China,” said Jon Taylor, President of Nuvera.

“Establishing our manufacturing capabilities in Zhejiang will enable us to take advantage of fast-growing market opportunities in China and in other countries in the region,” Taylor continued.

Across the Chinese vehicle market, HDVs comprise approximately 10% of the on-road vehicle fleet, but account for the 50% of fuel consumption. To reduce harmful vehicle emission, the Chinese government has committed to fostering the emergence of a domestic “New Energy Vehicle” market through investment in advanced propulsion technologies and production plants.

It has targeted the reduction of HDV fuel consumption by 18-29% by 2021, depending on the vehicle segment.

Nuvera, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., has more than two decades of motive fuel cell power experience.