Great Wall Motor Co., China’s largest light-truck maker, will establish an r&d center in Jiading, a suburb of Shanghai.
The new center will conduct advance research and engineering on hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles and related key components, new mobility solutions and autonomous driving, according to an agreement Great Wall signed with the Jiading district government last week.
The center is expected to lead Great Wall’s development of fuel-cell vehicle technologies.
Last year, the company acquired Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain Co., a developer of powertrains for fuel-cell vehicles in Shanghai.
Great Wall plans to introduce its first fuel-cell passenger vehicle in 2022. The vehicle will be marketed under the Wey premium brand.
In addition to an r&d center at its headquarters in the north China city of Baoding, Great Wall also operates tech centers overseas, notably Detroit, Bangalore, Yokohama, Frankfurt and Kottingbrunn.
In the first seven months, Great Wall delivered 553,895 light vehicles in and outside China, an increase of 5.3 percent from a year earlier. It is the largest manufacturer of crossovers and pickups in China.