PowerCell Sweden AB has announced that it has received an order for an additional four PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks from the Chinese company Wuhan Tiger Fuel Cell Vehicle Co Ltd. The delivery will take place in the third 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 Fuel Cell Vehicle Co Ltd has started to develop fuel cell powered vehicles for the Chinese market and has launched a fuel cell bus together with the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Skywell. The fuel cell bus was approved for production by the Chinese authorities last year and equipped with PowerCell S2 fuel cell stacks. The company’s buses are now used in daily operation on line 359, a 12-kilometre long bus line with 16 stops running through Wuhan East Lake Development Zone.
In its latest five-year plan the Chinese Government has depicted fuel cell technology as a promising alternative for phasing out fossil fuels and thereby reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and hazardous substances like particles and nitrogen. The Chinese authorities have introduced big subsidies for vehicles with fuel cells while at the same time ending the previous subsidy program for battery vehicles.
The Chinese authorities have realized that electrification of road traffic using only battery-powered vehicles will not be enough to decrease the emissions of carbon dioxide and hazardous substances. Wuhan Tiger is one of several Chinese manufacturers that have started launching extensive tests of fuel cell vehicles, said Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell Sweden.
In March 2017 Wuhan Tiger 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 of 2018, Wuhan Tiger took delivery of an additional 16 fuel cell stacks and with the new order, a total of 58 PowerCell S2 stacks will have been delivered.