(Yicai Global) April 20 -- China’s eastern economic powerhouse Shanghai will promote the use of hydrogen-fueled cars in the public service sector from next year, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The city has set up a fuel cell vehicle demonstration, application and innovation alliance to help promote the development of relevant technologies and sectors and to facilitate the transformation and upgrade of Shanghai's car industry.
Fuel-cell are better suited to business applications, compared to pure electric vehicles, said Dong Yang, executive deputy head of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, at the inaugural Shanghai International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Transportation Application Conference and Exhibition.
Yang admitted difficulties in promoting hydrogen vehicles compared to all-electric cars, due to technological limitations and the limited number of hydrogen filling stations.
Shanghai is one of the first cities in China to research, develop and roll out hydrogen-fueled cars, having provided 20 hydrogen passenger vehicles for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 100 hydrogen sightseeing vehicles and four buses for 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
The city’s government aims to roll out 3,000 fuel cell vehicles on a demonstrative basis and build five to 10 hydrogen filing facilities by 2020, it said in a plan published last September. Annual output in the industry will exceed CNY300 billion (USD47.8 billion) by 2030.
The inaugural Shanghai International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Transportation Application Conference and Exhibition is taking place at Shanghai Automobile Exhibition Center from April 18 to 20.
Editor: William Clegg