SAIC Motor’s first independent brand model could also become a demonstration vehicle for Shanghai’s fuel cell vehicle projects.
The Passat Lingyu made by Shanghai-Volkswagen could join the group of hydrogen powered demonstration vehicles, which are expected to be unveiled by the end of this year.
Currently, Shanghai has 15 hydrogen powered prototype vehicles in trial operation. These vehicles are under the names of Chaoyue 1, 2 and 3 tested by the Shanghai Fuel Cell Automotive Power Systems Co., Ltd. and produced by Shanghai Shenli Sicence and Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai also operates a hydrogen powered public transport bus, named “Innovation No. 1.” The vehicle has a maximum speed of 70 km/h under full passenger capacity and averages more than 300 kilometers per hydrogen fill-up.
According to the Guide of Promotional Projects on Shanghai’s New Energy Vehicles released on May 9, Shanghai plans to establish a public transport bus fleet with no less than five hydrogen powered buses and taxi fleet with no less than 30 hydrogen powered cars. It is also building its first hydrogen station in Anting of northwest Shanghai to provide hydrogen fill up for public transport buses and taxis. The hydrogen station is expected to go into service at the end of this year, according to a report on chinabuses.com.
The off-site station, with a cost of over ¥10 million ($1.25 million), can fill up a maximum of three public transport buses and 20 cars per day when it goes into service.
“It will be one of the largest hydrogen stations in the world,” said the report quoting Ma Jianxin, director of the Hydrogen Power Technology Institute at Tongji University in Shanghai.
Shanghai is expected to have some 60,000 new energy vehicles on the roads by 2010 and will establish special public transport and taxi fleet using only hybrid vehicles.
The hydrogen station is part of China’s “State 863” project and aims to promote the commercialization process of fuel cell vehicles in China. Shell and Tongji University will worth together on the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the hydrogen station. It will also have a information center on hydrogen economy.