SAIC Motor, one of China’s leading automakers, announced it has built the world’s largest and most advanced hydrogen station in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. The station, which covers an area of 8,000 square meters, can refuel 20 of SAIC Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for demonstrative purposes. It can also provide commercial refueling services to vehicles made by other manufacturers, with 20,000 tons of hydrogen available each day.
At the station’s launch ceremony, SAIC Motor also showed off its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle lineup, including the multiple purpose vehicle model G20 FC, the FCV 80 bus and the Roewe 950 sedan.
SAIC has a fleet of 400 FCV 80 buses, which have a dual battery system with lithium and hydrogen fuel cell batteries, serving passengers in Shanghai, Foshan, and Fushun, in the Northeastern part of China where it gets very cold. Hydrogen fuel cell batteries are meant to perform well in cold climates, where lithium batteries can fail.
The Shanghai Commission of Science and Technology disclosed that the city will build five to 10 hydrogen stations by 2020 and ensure 3,000 hydrogen-powered cars.
In 2018, SAIC Motor and Shanghai Chemical Industry Park signed an agreement to develop China’s leading fuel cell vehicle and pilot the use of hydrogen. In the last month, a development plan was drawn for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the Yangtze River Delta.