Beijing plans to have 10,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road and to build 74 hydrogen filling stations by 2025 as the Chinese capital formulates ambitious plans to develop low-carbon fuels.
Beijing is the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, but its goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. It is driving the development of global renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind power) and has initiated an adventurous development towards hydrogen in recent years.
The “Beijing Daily” of many provinces predicts that by 2023 the average daily consumption of hydrogen for road transport and energy production will reach 50 tons, and in 2025 it will reach 135 tons. The report cited the local government’s preliminary plan for 2021-2025, stating that part of the new hydrogen fleet will be the hydrogen fleet deployed for the 2022 Winter Olympics in and around Beijing, and subsequently expanded. Replace heavy diesel trucks, between 2021 and 2025, it is estimated that 4,400 trucks will switch to fuel cells, which will replace 145,000 tons of diesel consumption each year.
By the end of 2020, China has fewer than 10,000 hydrogen-powered trucks and buses and uses 3,000 tons of fuel every year, making China the second-largest vehicle user in the world after the United States.
Beiqi Foton Motor, a commercial vehicle manufacturer in Beijing, said in September that it aims to sell 4,000 hydrogen vehicles by 2023 and 15,000 hydrogen vehicles by 2025. Beijing will obtain part of its hydrogen production from the Yanshan Petrochemical Company, which is owned by some national companies.