CIIE a stage for fuel-cell vehicles
Fuel-cell vehicles are a highlight at the automobile exhibition area of the second China International Import Expo (CIIE).
Fuel-cell vehicles are a type of new-energy vehicle which uses a fuel cell instead of a battery. Automotive fuel cells generate electricity to power a motor, generally using oxygen and compressed hydrogen.
Japanese automaker Toyota is displaying its fuel-cell vehicle, the Mirai Concept. The company also showcases its fuel cell stack applied to the car. In addition, it's introducing the production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen to the visitors. Toyota said that it hopes to work with Chinese partners to build a low-carbon society with the use of fuel cell related technologies.
Japanese car manufacturer Honda also brought its fuel-cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, to the CIIE. The car provides a driving range of approximately 750 kilometers. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes. Honda said it is discussing possible application of fuel-cell technologies in Chinese market.
South Korean auto company Hyundai brought its fuel-cell electric vehicle, the NEXO: a flagship model which integrates Hyundai’s fuel cell technologies. The carmaker also brought its fuel-cell commercial vehicle named the Neptune. The concept truck Neptune has a low-noise, non-pollution hydrogen fuel cell system which can reduce transportation costs with lower vehicle weight and higher efficiency. Hyundai is further showcasing its self-developed fuel cell system which can be applied to passenger cars and trucks.
A total of 69 auto companies from 16 countries and regions are taking part in this year's expo. Around 30 are Fortune 500 companies. The 30,000-square-meter automobile exhibition area is debuting more than 70 new products and technologies.