Last December, Eugenia Katsigris, senior advisor at Global Environment Facility (GEF) and at United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Manuel Soriano, technical advisor at UNDP; Zhang Weidong from the representative office in China, as well as the related people from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China responsible for GEF project, visited Yutong plant and inspected the application progress situation of “China Fuel Cell Vehicle Joint Demonstration Project.”
The UN expert delegation visited the experiment center, took Yutong’s second generation hydrogen fuel cell bus and listened to the report on the development situation of fuel cell vehicles. They found that the power system of the Yutong EV consisting of fuel cell and batteries represents the international trend of fuel cell buses. They also visited Yutong’s hydrogen fueling station that is under construction and through the on-site inspection they appraised the progress of the facility.
Yutong decided the technical route from hybrid buses to electric buses to fuel cell buses early in 2009. Up to now, the manufacturer has completed the production of two generations of fuel cell buses and the overall performances of the vehicles have reached a leading level in China.
In 2014, Yutong joined the Technology Innovation Alliance of China Fuel Cell Automobile Industry, was involved in the application of “Industrialization of Fuel Cell Power System” project and successfully passed the first factory qualification inspection of fuel cell buses in China’s bus industry.