SAIC Motor launches self-developed fuel cell system

SHANGHAI HYDROGEN PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD., a subsidiary of Chinese automaker SAIC Motor, launched the M4 fuel cell stack platform as well as M4 stack platform-based PROME M4H fuel cell stack and PROME P4L and P4H fuel cell systems in Shanghai on Oct 28.

SAIC Motor launches self-developed fuel cell system

SAIC Motor launches self-developed fuel cell system

These innovations, which have world-class core performance indicators, mark a major breakthrough by Chinese companies in the core technologies of new energy fuel cells and will be helpful to establishing China's advantage in NEV technology and realizing the national goals of peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

SAIC Motor is the first automaker in China to develop fuel cell technology and also the only company in the world that has achieved commercial application of multiple fuel cell vehicles.

Over the past years, SAIC Motor has unveiled fuel cell cars, multi-purpose vehicles, light buses, coaches, light trucks, and heavy duty trucks that are operating in 13 Chinese cities. This year, the group has been working with Ordos on the world's first project aiming at the industrial application of 10,000 fuel cell heavy trucks.

Established in 2018, SHPT, a key company cultivated by SAIC Motor, specializes in the development and manufacturing of fuel cell stacks and systems. SHPT recently completed a new round of financing.

SHPT is capable of developing core components (bipolar plates and membrane electrode assembly) of fuel cell stacks, stack integration, fuel cell system integration, fuel cell propulsion system integration, and vehicle integration and owns independent intellectual property rights on these innovations.

The newly-unveiled PROME M4H fuel cell stack is independently designed and developed by SHPT and its 44 primary components are made domestically. The fuel cell stack is of the same world-leading standard as those made by Toyota.

Due to its highly integrated design, the PROME P4H fuel cell system is smaller and more powerful, boasting a volumetric power density of 1020 W/L and mass power density of 722 W/kg. In addition, the system also has vehicle-level anti-shock and anti-vibration performance with an ingress protection rating of IP67.

The M4 fuel cell stack platform-based fuel cell products' power ranges from 30 kW to 230 kW and are compatible to both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.

The supply of SHPT-made fuel cell stacks/systems is expected to exceed 4,000 units/sets this year and next.