Licensed, plated and deployed with fuel cell stacks by Ballard – 500 hydrogen trucks built by Dongfeng have hit the road in Shanghai. Each electric truck has a range of over 330 km. Operated by a new fuel cell EV operator, the fleet will be used for city deliveries mainly.
500 hydrogen fuel cell electric commercial trucks have been deployed in Shanghai and all are using Ballard fuel cell stack technology.
Built by Dongfeng, each truck is powered by a 30 kW fuel cell system that was designed and integrated by Shanghai Reinventing Fire Technology Company Limited (Re-Fire), featuring Ballard FCvelocity-9SSL proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks.
The fleet is part of a wider plan to establish fuel cell utility vehicles in Shanghai through the so-called Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan. By 2020, the city wants production to rise to 3,000 units a year.
The latest H2 truck is 6.4 metres long and can carry a load of 3.2 tons and has an expected range of more than 330 kilometres. Shanghai Sinotran New Energy Automobile Operation is a newly established FCV operator and will be in charge of the new fleet. The fuel cell trucks are expected to be used primarily for intra-city deliveries of goods.
Ballard and Re-Fire have entered into a collaboration agreement under which Re-Fire has agreed to use Ballard-designed fuel cell stacks. Ballard’s FCvelocity-9SSL stacks are now being made and distributed from Guangdong Synergy Ballard Hydrogen Power, Ballard’s joint venture in China’s Guangdong Province.
With regards to charging infrastructure, two hydrogen refueling stations are currently operating in Shanghai, with two additional stations planned for completion in the first half of 2018. As per the ‘Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan’, a total of up to ten hydrogen filling stations are planned by 2020.
China is forecasted to account for about 42 percent of global production of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2020, or approximately 1.1 million units, according to LMC Automotive.