China’s largest city and financial hub Shanghai plans to have 10,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and at least 70 hydrogen refuelling stations on its roads by 2025, according to a local government plan published yesterday (Thursday).

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The Shanghai Transportation Field Hydrogen Energy Promotion and Application Plan (2023-25) suggests that the city government will mainly back H2 fuel cells to power heavy-duty trucks, buses, sanitation vehicles, refrigerated trailers and non-mobile machinery, with a major focus on port-side logistics.

The plan also aims to set up hydrogen end-use demonstration projects at a port, an airport, and a railway by 2025, and encourage the uptake of passenger FCEVs, although no specific target for those have been set.

Shanghai currently targets 50% of new vehicle sales from 2025 to be fully electric, although the vast majority of these are likely to run on batteries.

China is the world’s fastest-growing market for FCEVs, with 1,857 units sold in January to May this year (representing 205% year-on-year growth), 5,436 sold in 2022 and 1,779 in 2021, according to South Korean consultancy SNE Research.

The Chinese national government also targets 50,000 FCEVs on the road by 2025, with 100,000-200,000 tonnes of annual renewable hydrogen production capacity in operation by the same year.

The Shanghai government plans to support hydrogen end-use demonstrations in specific districts and regions of the city, including Jiading, Qingpu, Jinshan — which includes the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park — and the planned Lingang development.

Building on existing pilot projects using FCEVs for transporting metal between warehouses in the district of Baoshan, the government will also set up a “hydrogen energy corridor for steel trade logistics” along the Yangtze River.

The plans also includes a provision to “improve the technical standards and safety management regulations” for H2 production, storage, transportation, refuelling and use.