China's fuel cell vehicles are expected to reach 10,000 vehicles by 2020 and reach 1 million vehicles by 2030. On September 1, Minggao Ouyang, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a professor at Tsinghua University, made the above statement at the 2018 China Automotive Industry Development (TEDA) International Forum.
Minggao Ouyang said that at present, domestic companies such as fuel cell power systems and generators have basically mastered them, but only one company in the production of membrane electrode assemblies can meet the actual needs of use. “The membrane electrode assembly accounts for 70% of the stack's cost, which is our chip. So this is a major problem.”
By the end of 2017, China had operated nearly 1,000 fuel cell vehicles, 12 hydrogenation infrastructures and nearly 20 under construction. The annual production of vehicles in 2018 is expected to reach 2,000 vehicles.
Ouyang Minggao said that with the development of electric vehicle technology, the industry’s awareness of the cost balance between fuel cells and pure electric passenger vehicles has risen from 150 kilometers to 500 kilometers a few years ago, that is, when the mileage is higher than 500 kilometers. Fuel cells have a cost advantage. Ouyang Minggao believes that the lithium-ion battery system is suitable to replace the current gasoline engine, and the hydrogen fuel cell system is more suitable for replacing the diesel engine.
Source: Caixin Net