Shanghai is planning to build five to 10 hydrogen (H2) stations and produce 3,000 fuel cell electric vehicles by 2020 as part of its Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan.

The ground-breaking plan was formulated by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation and the Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission. It calls for the annual production of more than 15bil RMB ($2.25bil) in annual output throughout Shanghai’s fuel cell value chain by 2020.

As well as the H2 stations and fuel cell electric vehicles, the plan will also establish two fuel cell vehicle demonstration areas and actively promote fuel cell buses, logistics vehicles and other vehicles in pilot areas.

During a business trip to China, Ballard Power’s President and CEO, Randy MacEwen, met with Mr Chen Ming Bo, Director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation to discuss the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan.

Jerry Yu, Ballard’s China Sales Manager, based in Shanghai, also attended the meeting and commented, “We are excited by the vision and leadership reflected in the Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan. The Plan represents a strong commitment to the commercialisation of fuel cell vehicles in China’s largest city as an important measure to address air quality. Ballard is well positioned to be an important player in the execution of this milestone Plan.”

Chen led a delegation to visit Ballard’s head office in Vancouver in May 2017, as part of the preparations for the Plan.

As announced back in February, Ballard signed a definitive agreement relating to technology transfer, licensing and supply arrangements with strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co., Ltd. for the assembly and sale of FCveloCity® 30-kilowatt (kW) and 85kW fuel cell engines in China. Under the deal, Broad-Ocean will manufacture fuel cell modules in three strategic regions in China, including Shanghai. Ballard is currently supporting Broad-Ocean’s subsidiary, Shanghai E-Drive, in setting up a final engine assembly facility in Shanghai, which is expected to be operational by year-end.