SAIC showcases a hydrogen-powered model at the Beijing Auto Show

SAIC hydrogen Beijing Auto Show China
SAIC showcases a hydrogen model at the Beijing Auto Show

Through its Roewe brand, SAIC Motor has unveiled an MPV equipped with a hydrogen-powered range extender. It is the Imax8, which already exists in a battery-electric version.

SAIC Motor had a strong presence at the show. The company had around one hundred vehicles on display, including 67 with new energies and around ten firsts. These include a range extender version of the IMAX8. Roewe is not giving any technical details, nor is it saying whether this is a concept or a product to be launched on the market. The company simply says that it’s a hybrid minivan.

It should be noted that the Group is one of those who believe in hydrogen. It has formulated a strategy in this area and is developing this mode of propulsion, in addition to electric and hybrid. SAIC has already introduced hydrogen-powered models, through the Maxus and Roewe brands, as well as hydrogen-powered buses and trucks. It has a subsidiary, Shanghai Hydrogen Propulsion Technology, which has developed its own fuel cell.

At the show, Hyundai presented the Chinese version of the Nexo. The Chinese market is likely to boost sales, thanks to support from the government and the provinces. According to the China Hydrogen Alliance, 3 million vehicles of this type could be on the road, with a network of 10,000 stations.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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