Geely's Yuan Cheng brand in addition to its all-electric buses, introduced its first hydrogen fuel cell model with 500 km (311 miles) of range

The sign of times it that China, so far focused on the all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, seems to slowly be exploring the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

One of the latest examples of growing interest in FCVs is the Yuan Cheng F12 hydrogen fuel cell bus, presented by the Geely's Yuan Cheng brand in Beijing, alongside new all-electric Yuan Cheng C11 bus.

The F12, available in 12-meter and 10.5 meter long versions, can go over 500 km (311 miles). The hydrogen consumption in real-world operation stands at around 7.5 kg/100 km (62 miles) according to Geely, which means that the tanks need some 37.5 kg total. The main positive is refueling time of just 10-minutes, but if the purchase and running costs will not be competitive to BEVs, the F12 will remain a niche product.

Yuan Cheng F12 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

"The F12 is Geely’s first commercial vehicle which utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology and after a 10-minute refueling can run over 500km. Hydrogen fuel cell only emits water and is considered a zero-emission technology."

"The new hydrogen powered F12 city bus was developed by GCV in response to China’s national new energy policy and as part of Geely’s continuing R&D into fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen fuel has several major advantages including diverse availability and environmental friendliness. Hydrogen fuel can be extracted from fossil fuels, generated as a by-product of chemical production, and from electrolysis. Hydrogen is the ultimate environmentally friendly fuel for vehicle as it emits no emissions and only produces water. In addition, hydrogen refueling is similar to gasoline or diesel, simplifying infrastructure building.

The F12 bus adopts world-class fuel cell stack technology. In real world operational tests, it had an energy consumption rate of 7.5kg of hydrogen per 100km. A full tank is enough for all-day operation. Through extreme environmental test such as extreme heat, cold, and high altitude, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been proven to be very adaptive.

In addition to its advantages of zero emissions and low energy consumption, the F12 also comes with attractive design, comfortable interior, and multiple smart functions. The model is available in both 12-meter and 10.5 meter long versions, providing a comfortable ride experience and bright interior. In terms of smart functionality, the F12 bus comes with real time remote monitoring, road condition warning, remote fault diagnostic, and other intelligent features to assist companies in scheduling and fleet management."

Gallery: Yuan Cheng F12 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Yuan Cheng C11 Electric Bus

"The C11 pure electric bus is made for a variety of operational scenarios such as city commuting, tourism, and public transportation. Along with a high passenger capacity, the two new models also have the advantages of being quiet and economical."

Gallery: Yuan Cheng C11 Electric Bus

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Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Pure Electric City Buses

 
May 29, 2019
  • Geely launches its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and new electric passenger bus under the Yuan Cheng brand.
  • Geely hydrogen fuel cell bus offers a range of up to 500km.
  • New smart buses contain intelligent features to assist companies in scheduling and fleet management.
  • The green buses expands Geely’s presence in public transportation market and showcases Geely’s commitment to green mobility.

 2019 May 29, Beijing, China. Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group’s (GCV) subsidiary brand, Yuan Cheng, launched two new zero-emission buses at a ceremony in Beijing, the F12 hydrogen fuel cell bus and C11 pure electric bus.

The F12 is Geely’s first commercial vehicle which utilizes hydrogen fuel cell technology and after a 10-minute refueling can run over 500km. Hydrogen fuel cell only emits water and is considered a zero-emission technology. The C11 pure electric bus is made for a variety of operational scenarios such as city commuting, tourism, and public transportation. Along with a high passenger capacity, the two new models also have the advantages of being quiet and economical.

As a provider of safe, intelligent, green public transportation solutions, Yuan Cheng provides a full range of pure electric, range extended, hydrogen, and methanol smart buses between 6 and 12 meters long. Along with a wide variety of products designed to meet different operational needs, Yuan Cheng also provides training, after-sales service, parts, charging services, financial services, and other comprehensive services as part of Geely’s future smart three-dimensional travel ecology.

Zero Emission Mobility Powered by Hydrogen

The new hydrogen powered F12 city bus was developed by GCV in response to China’s national new energy policy and as part of Geely’s continuing R&D into fuel cell technologies. Hydrogen fuel has several major advantages including diverse availability and environmental friendliness. Hydrogen fuel can be extracted from fossil fuels, generated as a by-product of chemical production, and from electrolysis. Hydrogen is the ultimate environmentally friendly fuel for vehicle as it emits no emissions and only produces water. In addition, hydrogen refueling is similar to gasoline or diesel, simplifying infrastructure building.

The F12 bus adopts world-class fuel cell stack technology. In real world operational tests, it had an energy consumption rate of 7.5kg of hydrogen per 100km. A full tank is enough for all-day operation. Through extreme environmental test such as extreme heat, cold, and high altitude, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been proven to be very adaptive.

In addition to its advantages of zero emissions and low energy consumption, the F12 also comes with attractive design, comfortable interior, and multiple smart functions. The model is available in both 12-meter and 10.5 meter long versions, providing a comfortable ride experience and bright interior. In terms of smart functionality, the F12 bus comes with real time remote monitoring, road condition warning, remote fault diagnostic, and other intelligent features to assist companies in scheduling and fleet management.

Leveraging Experience in Passenger Cars and Advanced Intelligent Technologies

Utilizing Geely Holding Group’s experience in design, R&D, and supply chain management for passenger vehicles, GCV was able to develop the C11 pure electric bus to meet the diverse needs of different users. The electric bus utilizes Geely’s advanced lightweight technologies, perfectly meeting the operational needs of urban commuting, tourism, and chartered buses.

The C11 fully utilizes Geely’s suite of intelligent technologies such as AEBS Automatic Emergency Brakes, ESP Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Rearview Mirror, AutoHold Automatic Parking Brake, EPB Electronic Parking Brake, DMS Driver Fatigue Management System, etc. In terms of intelligent safety, the AEBS Automatic Emergency Brakes on the C11 help drivers monitor the road and keep pedestrians safe. Together with LDW Lane Departure Warning, these features help reduce traffic accidents by 80%. Optimizing battery energy consumption, the C11 is equipped with an IECS Intelligent Energy Control System which improves the energy efficiency of the vehicle by 16%.

Focused Development Strategy, Leading the Way in New Energy Commercial Vehicles

Geely commercial buses are produced in two plants in Nanchong, Sichuan and in Jinzhong, Shanxi, which can meet the production needs of products in Northern and Southern China.

From years of research and development and the launch of multiple new energy commercial vehicles including new energy light trucks, methanol heavy trucks, and smart buses, GCV have always adhered to the development of new energy and upheld its social responsibility of protecting the environment.

The newly unveiled F12 hydrogen fuel cell bus and C11 pure electric city bus expand GCVs product lineup into the public transportation market. The unveiling and launch of these two new products represents GCV’s commitment to green mobility. At the same time, it demonstrates Geely’s leadership and strength in R&D, design, manufacturing, and resource integration.

Guided by the desire to reduce pollution and bring blue skies back to the cities, GCV aims to provide society with green, intelligent, safe, and efficient mobility solutions. At the launch of the F12 and C11, Mr. Lin Xiaohu, Deputy General Manager of Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group said “Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group has been positioned as a technology leader in the field of new energy commercial vehicles since its conception. We will always strive to create the safest, greenest, most energy-efficient refined vehicles in the world.