Chinese major manufacturer launches new hydrogen fuel cell bus
Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group’s (GCV) subsidiary brand, Yuan Cheng, launched a new zero-emission bus model at a ceremony in Beijing, the F12 hydrogen fuel cell bus. It is Geely’s first commercial vehicle which utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology. After a 10-minute refueling, the bus can run over 500km. Along with a high passenger capacity, it also has the advantages of being quiet and economical.
The new hydrogen powered F12 city bus was developed by GCV in response to China’s national new energy policy and as part of Geely’s continuing R&D into fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen fuel has several major advantages including diverse availability and environmental friendliness.
The F12 bus adopts world-class fuel cell stack technology. In real world operational tests, it had an energy consumption rate of 7.5kg of hydrogen per 100km. A full tank is enough for all-day operation. Through extreme environmental test such as extreme heat, cold, and high altitude, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been proven to be very adaptive.
In addition to its advantages of zero emissions and low energy consumption, the F12 also comes with attractive design, comfortable interior, and multiple smart functions. The model is available in both 10.5-meter and 12-meter long versions. In terms of smart functionality, the F12 bus comes with real time remote monitoring, road condition warning, remote fault diagnostic, and other intelligent features to assist companies in scheduling and fleet management.
Geely commercial buses are produced in two plants in Nanchong, Sichuan and in Jinzhong, Shanxi, which can meet the production needs of vehicles in Northern and Southern China. “We will always strive to create the safest, greenest, most energy-efficient refined vehicles in the world,” said Lin Xiaohu, Deputy General Manager of Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group, during the launch.