China China’s Zhejiang Province announces plan to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry

50 hydrogen stations to be constructed by 2025

On November 8, the Provincial Development and Reform Commission and other five government bodies of China’s Zhejiang Province announced a plan to develop the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry in the province. The plan aims to achieve the following goals by 2025:

  • Establish an ecosystem of the industry in the province, and nurture multiple leading companies with a competitive advantage in industry chains
  • Make active progress in core technologies for hydrogen fuel cells, including technologies for basic materials and major fuel cell components, so that Zhejiang Province can achieve the highest standards in these fields in China
  • Develop necessary measures and regulatory systems in phases
  • Make significant progress in industrialization in key geographical areas; ensure that nearly 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are used in public transportation, ports, intercity logistics and other sectors; and plan to build about 50 hydrogen stations

Hydrogen Corridors

Two “hydrogen corridors” are planned to be developed. One is the Hangzhou Bay Rim Area Corridor. This is a belt of hydrogen gas stations placed along the G92 Hangzhou Bay Ring Expressway, which links Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo and other important cities in the Hangzhou Bay Rim Area.

The other is the Yi-Yong-Zhou Corridor. It runs along the G15 Yongjin Expressway and includes Jinhua, Ningbo and Zhoushan as the key cities.

Other notable measures

Key objectives of the plan include establishing a list of projects that should be implemented to develop technologies used in the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry, providing more support to special technology projects, and developing key equipment and core technologies for those vehicles that can be “independently controlled” by China.

Local governments are encouraged to attract leading companies, such as manufacturers of key components of hydrogen fuel cells and equipment for hydrogen production and storage, from inside and outside China.

 

The full text of the plan (in simplified Chinese) is available at
http://fzggw.zj.gov.cn/art/2021/11/8/art_1229123366_2372425.html