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Where Is the Application of Hydrogen Energy Vehicles? Compared With Lithium-Ion Battery Electric Vehicles

compared with lithium ion battery electric vehicles.

What is a hydrogen energy vehicle? It is the process of using hydrogen as fuel to convert chemical energy into heat energy. At present, passenger cars have small space and high cost, and are not suitable for hydrogen fuel. If a hydrogen refueling station is to be built like a gas station, the cost is really too high, so it is a bit difficult for passenger cars.

But for commercial vehicles, hydrogen energy is still promising. Trucks are ideal for hydrogen fuel cells because they are large enough to accommodate hydrogen fuel cell reactors and storage tanks. Furthermore, the construction of hydrogen refueling stations along national highways and expressways is also more in line with the daily use route of medium-heavy/trucks.

A few days ago, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China officially kicked off. According to public data, more than 1,000 hydrogen energy vehicles have been demonstrated in the Beijing Winter Olympics in China, equipped with more than 30 hydrogen refueling stations. It is the largest fuel cell vehicle in the world. demonstration. The demonstration application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the Beijing Winter Olympics is a good test for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which is conducive to improving product technology. However, at present, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have not yet reached the stage of large-scale and industrialized development.

Large-scale demonstration of hydrogen energy vehicles:

large scale demonstration of hydrogen energy vehicles

It is reported that among the transportation service vehicles for the Beijing Winter Olympics in China, energy-saving and clean energy vehicles accounted for 100% of the passenger cars and 85.84% of all vehicles, the highest in the previous Winter Olympics.

Among them, more than 1,000 hydrogen energy vehicles were demonstrated and operated during the Beijing Winter Olympics. The vehicles were provided by BAIC Group, Toyota Motor, Foton Motor, Yutong Bus and other car companies. Among them, the number of hydrogen fuel buses ranks first, reaching 820. At the same time, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee has specially equipped more than 30 hydrogen refueling stations. In addition to the large-scale application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen energy has a wide range of applications in this Winter Olympics. For example, the “main torch” at the opening ceremony is the world’s first high-pressure hydrogen storage torch, achieving zero-carbon emissions from the torch for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics.

The large-scale demonstration application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is a good product verification process for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Through this demonstration, enterprises can further improve products and technology. In the long run, the market potential of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is still very large.

Among them, more than 1,000 hydrogen energy vehicles were demonstrated and operated during the Beijing Winter Olympics. The vehicles were provided by BAIC Group, Toyota Motor, Foton Motor, Yutong Bus and other car companies. Among them, the number of hydrogen fuel buses ranks first, reaching 820. At the same time, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee has specially equipped more than 30 hydrogen refueling stations. In addition to the large-scale application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen energy has a wide range of applications in this Winter Olympics. For example, the “main torch” at the opening ceremony is the world’s first high-pressure hydrogen storage torch, achieving zero-carbon emissions from the torch for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics.

The large-scale demonstration application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is a good product verification process for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Through this demonstration, enterprises can further improve products and technology. In the long run, the market potential of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is still very large.

Policies push for hydrogen energy vehicles

policies push for hydrogen energy vehicles

It is understood that in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China and the 2010 China Shanghai World Expo, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles appeared, and there were 3 and 196 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles participating in the demonstration.

Compared with the previous two demonstrations, the application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the Beijing Winter Olympics is not only larger in scale, but also more complete in related supporting facilities.

In September 2020, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the National Energy Administration officially jointly issued the “Notice on Launching Demonstration Application of Fuel Cell Vehicles”. The demonstration period is tentatively set for four years. During the demonstration period, the five departments will adopt the method of “replacing subsidies with awards”, and reward the areas shortlisted for demonstration in accordance with the completion of their goals. After the release of this policy, all parts of the country actively rushed to the demonstration and promotion of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Up to now, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Shanghai, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, Hebei Province, and Henan Province have become officially approved hydrogen fuel cell vehicle demonstration areas.

​​”From the proportion of demonstration vehicles in this Winter Olympics, it can be seen that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are still mainly commercial vehicles, and the field of passenger vehicles has not yet achieved large-scale application. In fact, it is also rhythmically controlling the expansion of the hydrogen fuel cell industry, so that it can advance in a healthier and more stable way. It is expected that there will be a significant increase in fuel cell vehicles in 2022, heavy trucks or vehicles will be promoted as bright spots, and hydrogen refueling stations are also expected to Moderately advanced construction occurs. The implementation of new technologies and new application scenarios is also expected to bring new expectations to the industry.

According to the forecast of China Advanced Industry Research Institute, it is estimated that by 2023, the scale of China’s fuel cell vehicle industry is expected to reach 23 billion yuan, and by 2025, it will reach 70 billion yuan.

Since hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are still in the early stage of industrialization, and the phenomenon of head shuffling is frequent, with the determination of the technical route and the increase in market demand, the scale effect can be formed, and it is more optimistic that those local enterprises with first-mover advantages will stand out.

Carl Zhang

Carl Zhang

I am a senior sales with 15 years in the battery industry and a bachelor's degree in economics.
I will be sharing some of my expertise on batteries and my insights into the battery industry in my blog, which should help you with your purchases in China.

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