Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 16, 2016 to August 16, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 9.4 Upgrade infrastructure, retrofit industries for sustainability
  2. 7.a Enhance cooperation for clean energy research, technology

Project ID: 5349

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable Energy


  • Transport
  • E-mobility
  • Industrial
  • Resource: Solar
  • Resource: Wind



Transformed sector(s)

  • Transportation
  • Materials and manufacturing

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Innovative approaches


  • Technology innovation
  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building


  • Infrastructure building
  • Innovations in techniques/ approaches
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Energy finance

Social inclusion

  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 9.4 Upgrade infrastructure, retrofit industries for sustainability
  • 7.a Enhance cooperation for clean energy research, technology

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


The project's objective is to facilitate commercialization of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in China. It will achieve this through a multi-pronged strategy that will enable China to (a) “leapfrog” in its FCV durability/performance improvements and cost reductions far beyond what would be achieved in the baseline scenario and (b) get many more FCVs on the road by end of project than would occur in the baseline scenario. The strategy will consist of components covering the areas of: (1) FCV and FC technology improvement/cost reduction (raising technical abilities and international sourcing connections of China's FCV manufacturers, raising technical abilities of its FCV component manufacturers, and demonstrating 109 FCVs across 4 demo cities); (2) hydrogen production and hydrogen refueling stations (introducing in China renewable energy-based hydrogen production of substantial scale and demonstrating at least 4 hydrogen refueling stations with varied business models); (3) policy (covering national FCV Roadmap, standards and certification, expedited approval processes, and stabilized and expanded incentive policies, including two policy pilots); (4) awareness and information dissemination (addressing the general public, government officials, etc. and ensuring replication); and (5) capacity building (covering FCV and hydrogen refueling station O&M and the financial sector's knowledge of and ability to assess investments and loans in FCV-related areas).


Goal: Reduced growth of GHG emissions from transport sector.Facilitation of the commercial production and application of fuel cell vehicles in China.

USD $8,383,560

Grant amount

USD $53,500,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($8,383,560)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of China

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