Hydrogen-fueled trucks increase in China due to enhanced hydrogen station network


China’s hydrogen-fueled trucks have entered a stage of rapid growth in long-distance transportation. The Yutong 49-ton hydrogen-fueled heavy truck, the first vehicle to explore the Beijing-Shanghai Hydrogen Energy Corridor, is equipped with a 180-kilowatt (kW) fuel cell system and has a range of 600 kilometers. It has outstanding advantages such as fast hydrogen refueling, long life, low hydrogen consumption and high safety. Test vehicles traveled through six provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Shanghai, and were refueled at seven hydrogen stations along the way.

In recent years, China has successively formulated related documents such as the “14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) Energy Science and Technology Innovation Plan,” the “Mid- to Long-Term Development Plan for Hydrogen Energy Industry (2021-35),” and the “Guiding Opinions for Energy Activities in 2024,” to promote a new qualitative transformation of the hydrogen energy industry. According to Liu Ke, dean of the Institute of Clean Energy at Southern University of Science and Technology and director of the International Hydrogen Energy Association, hydrogen-powered vehicles have the advantages of quick energy refueling, long range, and long-distance heavy load carrying. However, for many years, the application of hydrogen energy in transportation has been limited due to the lack of a hydrogen station network and high hydrogen costs.

According to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China’s sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2023 was 5,805 units, up 72% from 2022.

Hydrogen-fueled trucks increase in China due to enhanced hydrogen station network
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