Platinum fuel cell bus developments on the rise – WPIC

The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that markets for hydrogen fuel cell buses are growing rapidly.

Hydrogen fuel cell buses are equipped with fuel cells that use proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, which relies on a platinum catalyst.

The WPIC points out that China is at the forefront of the growing market for hydrogen fuel cell buses, with a fleet of 5,290, giving it a market share of almost 94%.

In addition, the plans established by the Chinese government, including the New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Industry Development Plan (2021-2035) and the Energy Saving and NEV 2.0 Technology Roadmap, aim to boost the country’s overall market for zero-emission electric vehicles. vehicles, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

By 2035, the market share of NEVs in China is expected to exceed 50%, while FCEV growth is expected to be driven by the heavy-duty segment, including trucks and buses.

At a more localized level, more than 20 regions in China have so far released phased plans for promoting FCEV deployment. Shanghai, for example, recently proposed a 2023 target of 100 hydrogen refueling stations, 100 billion yuan of industrial production and the deployment of 10,000 FCEVs.

Lishui Economic Development Zone in Nanjing aims to deploy a hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet of 300 vehicles.

In addition, WPIC notes that the recent Beijing Winter Olympics highlighted China’s commitment to FCEVs, with more than 850 proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cell buses in use throughout. games to transport participants around the main competition venue in Zhangjiakou and the alpine competition area in Yanqing.

In addition to offering “excellent range and fast refueling times”, the WPIC points out that long downtimes for recharging are unnecessary and that, unlike a BEV, hydrogen fuel cell buses are also well suited to the cold conditions encountered during the Winter Olympics. This is because the performance of a BEV’s battery is affected by low temperatures, as these can cause the battery to drain faster.

WPIC notes that Europe and the UK are also seeing an increasing number of hydrogen fuel cell buses on their roads, with more than 150 fuel cell buses currently in service on the continent.

In this regard, Toyota Motor Corporation has demonstrated its commitment to this market by collaborating with the Portuguese company CaetanoBus to build hydrogen fuel cell buses, using the technology it developed for the Toyota Mirai FCEV.

The result is the H2.City Gold, which is already in service in Copenhagen, Denmark; Madrid, Spain; and Bielefeld, Germany.

In the UK, the WPIC reports that hydrogen fuel cell buses are carrying passengers through the streets of the West Midlands for the first time since 20 hydrogen fuel cell double-decker buses went into service at the end of 2021.

Meanwhile, the hydrogen fuel cell bus industry in the United States recently received a boost with the announcement by the General Services Administration (GSA) that its new five-year transit bus program includes for hydrogen fuel cell buses for the first time.

The GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts.

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