Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles



  • Building on UNDP’s expertise supporting hydrogen fuel cell vehicles development in China since 2003, the DevCom FCV project, as a flagship initiative, successfully facilitated the commercial production and application of fuel cell vehicles, accelerated the development of hydrogen infrastructure, mobilised investments in the hydrogen value chain and had a tangible impact on national and local policy making. Demonstration cities that participated in this project include Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Foshan, Yancheng, Changshu, Zhangjiakou 

  • The DevCom FCV project, namely the “‘Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” project, was carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, in close collaboration with China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), and with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 

Around 4,000 women have been employed in China’s fuel cell sector, accounting for one third of all relevant jobs



  • Energy consumption accounts for about 75 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid industrialization, urbanization, and economic development in China has resulted in increased demand for energy. China’s transport sector plays a significant and growing role in overall energy use 

  • The project supports the Chinese government to accelerate the country’s shift to a low-carbon economy and resilient society by introducing renewable-based transportation solutions, specifically by helping to pilot hydrogen and fuel cell applications 

  • City clusters in China would be able to build on the experiences from project demonstration cities, replicate and scale up the application of fuel cell vehicles to facilitate a smooth transition towards a net-zero transport sector in China 

Renewable-based transportation solutions like hydrogen fuel cell applications, can help accelerate China's shift to a shift to a low-carbon economy and resilient society


Major Achievements

  • 3,057 fuel cell buses, delivery vehicles and cars, as well as 37 hydrogen refueling stations, supported by 70+ local policies and incentives in 7 demo cities.  

  • 230,261 tonnes of CO2eq in cumulative emissions saved 

  • 45 local governments adopted fuel cell vehicles in local public transportation systems; hydrogen and fuel cell related policies implemented in 37 cities and 3 autonomous regions 

  • 12,000 employment opportunities created in the hydrogen value chain, of which approx. one third are filled by female workers 

  • US$2.2 billion reached in cumulative investment in local FCV manufacturing and refueling infrastructures  

  • Ripple effect created, with 9,237 fuel cell vehicles produced, 8,939 sold, and 191 refueling stations constructed across the country (as of end 2021) 

A conference room

The UNDP Hydrogen Industry Conference takes place in Foshan, China each year