Great Wall Motor (GWM) wants to become a major hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer globally. The Chinese automaker is planning to launch the world’s first hydrogen-powered sport utility vehicle and produce 100 hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks in 2021 – and it’s exactly these medium and large passenger vehicles where GWM sees the most potential for hydrogen fuel cell technology.
“It will be quite difficult for them [battery electric vehicles] to effectively tackle medium and heavy-duty commercial applications in the medium and long-term, and this is where hydrogen has its strong potential as a clean energy carrier,” Will Zhang, Chairman of FTXT Energy, GWM’s hydrogen subsidiary, told H2 View.
GWM, the first Chinese Hydrogen Council member, has already invested ¥2bn ($309m) in hydrogen product and business development, and intends to invest another ¥3bn ($463.6m) over the next three years. By 2025, GWM is aiming to be among the top three hydrogen powertrain suppliers in the world.
“Our intent to invest substantial amount of resources in the development of the hydrogen business vests on our belief that hydrogen energy will indeed occupy a significant share in certain application niches,” Zhang continued.
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