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Global Market for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, April 2017



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This is a comprehensive market research report on the global market for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Fuel cell technology can be used in virtually every kind of transportation, including cars, trucks, buses, forklifts, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, boats, submarines, and trams. However, the focus of this study is light vehicles, which includes cars, minivans and small trucks. These vehicles have gross weight of up to 6 metric tons or North American Class 5 gross vehicle weight rating.

The fuel cell market is in its incipience but poised for growth. This report carries out an in-depth analysis of this emerging market. The report discusses major players and product rollouts. In addition, it provides both long-term and short-term forecasts. The report contains detailed data for each region and for major countries in each region.

The report divides the timeline for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle rollouts into three time periods – 2015-2020, 2021-2026, and 2027-2032 – and provides forecasts for each of them. A companion report, Global Market for Hydrogen Fueling Stations, discusses in detail on the infrastructure needed to drive the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of electric drive vehicles, and these vehicles have entered commercialization phase. With zero emission capability, these vehicles represent the future of the automobile.
Close to 2,500 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles were sold or leased in 2016, representing a three-fold increase compared to 2015. While the numbers in terms of sales and leases are still miniscule compared to the market, they represent a trend that portends well for the future of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

With only three major competitors in the market, Toyota generated over 80 percent in sales in 2016. Hyundai had second highest sales, followed by Honda. The market will become more competitive as Mercedes-Benz rollouts out a fuel cell vehicle in the second half of 2017, followed by several other automakers over the next few years.

Current customers of these vehicles include vehicle fleets, government agencies, and early adopters. Until a critical mass of customers is reached in the 2020’s, the market will remain confined to early adopters and affluent segments of society.

The following developments point to a bright future for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles:

1. Widespread deployments of hydrogen fueling stations in several regions of the world.

2. Emergence of public-private partnerships to support these deployments and to drive the uptake of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

3. Serious spending on R&D to drive component costs and fueling infrastructure costs down to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles cost-competitive with other vehicles.

By 2020, sufficient hydrogen fueling infrastructures will be in place in several regions of the world, giving an initial boost to the market for these vehicles. As fueling infrastructures further expand during the 2020’s, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will begin to garner even greater market acceptance.

Cumulatively, over 22.2 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be sold or leased worldwide by 2032. These sales will generate collective revenues upwards of $1.1 trillion for the auto industry by 2032. Information Trends projects that by 2050, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will become the fastest growing segment of the global automobile market.

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