China’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Shanghai, and Guangdong provinces were approved as the first batch of the national fuel cell vehicle (FCV) demonstration city alliances, according to the Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau. The approval was jointly green-lighted by five of China’s ministries. The approval is confirmed, so far, mainly by the Beijing local government.
The three approved city alliances are:
- Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei: six districts of Beijing (Daxing) will be the leading city in this alliance, the other participants include Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, Hebei’s Baoding and Tangshan cities, as well as Shandong’s Binzhou and Zibo cities.
- Shanghai: Shanghai is the leading city, the alliance is joined by Jiangsu province’s Suzhou and Nantong cities, Jiaxing city in Zhejiang province, Zibo city in Shandong province, the Ningdong Energy-chemical Industry Base in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and Ordos City in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
- Guangdong: capital city Guangzhou is the leader in this group, where the other players include Yunfu, Foshan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Jiangmen, Yangjiang and Yulin of Shaanxi Province, etc.
In September 2020, five ministries and commissions issued the Notice on the Demonstration and Application of Fuel Cell Vehicles. The notice pointed out that, in response to the current state of industrial development, the five ministries and commissions will adjust the acquisition subsidy policy for fuel cell vehicles to a fuel cell vehicle demonstration application support policy, reward eligible city clusters for carrying out industrialization of key core technologies of fuel cell vehicles and demonstration applications, and form a new model of fuel cell vehicle development with a reasonable layout, each with its own focus and synergistic promotion. The demonstration period is temporarily set at four years. During the demonstration period, the five ministries and commissions will adopt the “award in lieu of subsidies” approach and give incentives to the shortlisted demonstration city clusters according to their target completion.