Nuvera Breaks Ground In China For Fuel Cell Factory
By Chad Elmore18 December 2019
Nuvera Fuel Cells LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, is pleased to announce construction of a fuel cell stack production line in the Hangzhou district government of Fuyang, China. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Dec. 17 attended by Lucien Robroek, CEO, and Jon Taylor, president of Nuvera, along with local government officials.
In December 2018, Nuvera signed a cooperation agreement with the Fuyang government, located in Zhejiang province, to enable the local manufacture of Nuvera fuel cell stacks. The agreement provided incentives to Nuvera for the establishment of its production facility. The fuel cells will power zero-emissions, heavy-duty vehicles such as delivery vans and transit buses.
“China is leading the world in the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles, and we are excited to be at ground zero of this transformation,” said Robroek. “The new manufacturing site establishes Nuvera as a major fuel cell provider both in China and in the entire Asian region.”
The company said the combined market for fuel cell forklifts, passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles in China is expected to reach nearly 50,000 units per year in 2025 and 400,000 units per year by 2030, according to information provided by customers in China. The Nuvera site incorporates equipment for the automated manufacture of up to 5000 fuel cell stacks per year for vehicle applications. Additional capacity can be added as demand requires.
With facilities in the U.S. and Europe, Nuvera is a manufacturer of products designed to meet the needs of industrial vehicles and other transportation markets. The company is a subsidiary of lift truck specialist Hyster-Yale Group Inc.