PowerCell to supply additional S2 stacks to Wuhan Tiger and set up shop in China
Sweden-headed fuel cell technology developer PowerCell Sweden AB has announced that has received an order for an additional 10 PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks from the Chinese company Wuhan Tiger Fuel Cell Vehicle Co Ltd (Wuhan Tiger). Furthermore, the company has decided to open a sales office in China to better meet the strong increase in fuel cell technology in the Chinese market.
According to the company, China is a highly interesting market for PowerCell both due to its size and the Chinese Government’s measures to support increased use of fuel cells and hydrogen. PowerCell has initiated the process to find a suitable location and recruit personnel for its sales office in China. PowerCell Sweden has already sales offices in Japan, South Korea, and South Africa and a German subsidiary.
China is a forerunner when it comes to fuel cells and hydrogen. The Chinese Government views fuel cells as a promising alternative to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and particles and we expect demand for the fuel cell technology to increase in China over the coming years, said Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell.
A case in point is that the company has received an order for an additional 10 PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks from the Chinese company Wuhan Tiger Fuel Cell Vehicle Co Ltd. The delivery will take place in the second quarter of 2019 and is part of the initial order placed by Wuhan Tiger in March 2017 for fuel cell stacks and fuel cell systems.
Wuhan Tiger has the ambition to develop fuel cell powered vehicles for the Chinese market together with the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Skywell. In the first phase, the company will launch a fuel cell powered bus but eventually also a distribution truck. The company’s fuel cell bus was approved for production by the Chinese authorities last year.
In March 2017 the company placed a larger order with PowerCell for delivery of S2 fuel cell stacks and fuel cell systems. In conjunction with that Wuhan Tiger placed an initial order for a total of 28 PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks which since have been delivered and used for testing to verify the system and the technology. During the third quarter last year, Wuhan Tiger took delivery of an additional 16 fuel cell stacks and with the new order, a total of 54 PowerCell S2 stacks will have been delivered.