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SAIC China fuel cell vehicles plan
Fuel Cells, Nov 30 2009 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), China's largest automobile manufacturer, has provided further information about its plans to develop fuel cell vehicles.
It has already developed a "Shenchi" 11 seater fuel cell vehicle, with a maximum speed of 40 km/h and range of 80km. This was displayed at the China International Industry Fair (November 3 2009).
It plans to demonstrate a "Shanghai" brand plug-in / fuel cell hybrid car, which has a battery as the main power source and a small fuel cell to provide auxiliary power if the battery runs out. The battery will drive the car the first 20km. This is the first fuel cell which has been developed by SAIC itself.
It also has a "Shanghai" fuel cell sedan being developed jointly with Tongji University, with a range of 300 km and acceleration to 150 km/h in 15 seconds.
It is developing the "Lingyu" fuel cell car in a joint venture with Shanghai VOlkswagen, which carries hydrogen at 350 bar pressure.
The group plans to provide nearly 1,000 "new energy vehicles" for the 2010 Shanghai Expo (May to October 2010), including electric vehicles, super-capacitor vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and hybrid vehicles.
It says it has 100 people working on new energy vehicle development, in its new energy vehicle department.