Thursday, 25 October 2018

Great Wall Motor to invest in Germany’s Hydrogen Network

Source: H2 MOBILITY, 24th October 2018

Berlin, 24.10.2018 Leading Chinese Car Manufacturer, Great Wall Motor (GWM), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with H2 MOBILITY to become its seventh shareholder and co-owner. It will contribute additional investment to the company and acquire a minority share in H2 MOBILITY. GWM thereby joins the six existing shareholders, namely Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL.

H2 MOBILITY Deutschland (H2 MOBILITY) establishes a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure to supply cars with fuel-cell drives in Germany. During the first phase, H2 MOBILITY will operate 100 hydrogen stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich), and along connecting highways in 2019. This will be followed by up to 300 more hydrogen stations in line with vehicle ramp up.

Great Wall Motor China (GWM) has made significant investments in New Energy Vehicle technologies. With an advanced hydrogen prototype and test centre in Baoding, Hebei, China, as well as expertise in Shanghai with the recently acquired Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain co. ltd., GWM is on the way to develop and deploy cost-competitive fuel cell electric drive technologies. In the future, GWM will provide FCEVs to customers in China, and will later consider expanding into international markets with a focus on early hydrogen markets such as Germany with its rapidly growing hydrogen station network developed by H2 MOBLITY. In order to contribute to establishing a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure network in China as soon as possible, GWM is making investments in hydrogen refuelling technologies. Cooperating with the leading hydrogen infrastructure company and private-public partnership in Germany is expected to help to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany as well as in China.


H2 MOBILITY and GWM will cooperate closely on the harmonization and advancement of hydrogen codes & standards, and will work to further improve the reliability and convenience of hydrogen refuelling. Both parties aim to exchange learnings and experience to accelerate the deployment of refuelling station networks in China and Germany.

About Great Wall Motor Company

Great Wall Motor Company Limited is China’s leading SUV and pickup manufacturer with more than a million vehicles sold in 2017 under the brands Great Wall, Haval and Wey. Advancing electric propulsion, including hydrogen fuel cell drive, is a key focus of Great Wall Motor’s R&D. Great Wall Motor is on the way to develop and roll-out high-power fuel cell electric cars and SUVs with a cost-competitive design, high energy-efficiency and low carbon footprint. By joining the international Hydrogen Council as the first Chinese OEM Steering Member, as well as being active in the International Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Association (IHFCA) and the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance (NAHFC), Great Wall Motor is committed to the advancement of hydrogen mobility and the hydrogen energy industry in China and worldwide.

About H2 Mobility Deutschland

H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the backbone of a hydrogen mobility in Germany. Rolling-out a nationwide network of up to 400 hydrogen stations is the basis for  environmental friendly e-mobility with rapid refuelling times and long range. H2 MOBILITY owns all operative tasks, including network planning, building and operating the stations. Minimising risks, bundling expertise, speeding up national and international standardisation, making better use of funding are reasons why Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL have joined forces with H2 MOBILITY Germany. Associated partners that work with H2 MOBILITY in an advisory capacity include BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology). H2 MOBILITY receives funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and from the European Commission. Germany has already a network of more than 50 public hydrogen stations mostly operated by H2 MOBILITY.

PRESS CONTACT:

Sybille Riepe, Communication Manager H2 MOBILITY, Phone: 0049 170-58 70 317, E-Mail riepe@h2-mobility.de - www.h2-mobility.de

Angus Zhang, Project Manager Great Wall Motor, Phone: +86 138-1110-4821, E-Mail zhangjian@gwm.cn - www.gwm.cn