Shanghai, Nantong, Rugao, October 12- 15, 2018 – The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Itinerant (FCVI) Exhibition and Roadshow was held in the Yangtze river delta, traveling to 3 cities, Rugao, Nantong and Shanghai. It is the first large-scale promotion activity of fuel cell vehicles in China with the aim of promoting green energy hydrogen to the public and deepening their understanding of the importance of FCVs in reducing pollutant emission and protecting the environment. Mr. Devanand Ramiah, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Country Director of UNDP China, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.
During the FCVI, a series of activities were held including a scientific knowledge exhibition, games and test-drive campaigns. Vehicle manufacturers and companies of hydrogen infrastructure showcased the most advanced technology of FCV. “Hydrogen can be produced from many renewable energy sources and has zero emissions. It therefore has the potential to be a clean and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels”, said Mr. Ramiah. It is expected that hydrogen is likely to replace fossil fuels in the near future, creating huge social and environmental benefits.
One of the highlights of the FCVI was the long line of 11 FCVs running from Rugao, passing by Nantong, and arriving in Shanghai. During the entire trip, no exhaust was emitted. Instead, water was generated as a result of the chemical process. In addition, participants also got an opportunity to test-drive FCVs in Shanghai Automobile Park, and experienced their control, security and reliability.
In his speech, Mr. Devanand Ramiah emphasized that FCVs are an essential step towards China and world establishing a zero-emission transportation sector and ultimately, a carbon-free economy. To this end, UNDP focuses on promoting the commercialization of FCV’s in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the future, UNDP hopes to catalyze the development of FCVs in China, and eventually all around the world. This will protect the environment, and result in healthier living conditions for all human beings.