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Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu
siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.
The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve
hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20
22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.
“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna
tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.
He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene
rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.