Hydrogen vehicles are zero-emission vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells to power electric motors in the vehicles. Some of the key products in the hydrogen vehicle market include commercial fuel cell vehicles, passenger fuel cell vehicles, and hydrogen refueling equipment. Commercial fuel cell vehicles are popular in applications such as buses, delivery trucks, and ride-sharing services. Fuel cell buses are being adopted by various government transportation agencies. Passenger fuel cell vehicles include cars, SUVs, and light-duty trucks.
The global hydrogen vehicle market is estimated to be valued at US$ 3.58 billion in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 13% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
The global hydrogen vehicle market is flourishing due to continuous advancements in hydrogen fuel cell technology. Fuel cell manufacturers are focusing on developing more advanced fuel cells with better efficiency, reduced size and weight, faster refueling time, and lower costs. Fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen can offer a driving range comparable to gasoline vehicles and can be refueled quickly similar to gasoline vehicles. This overcomes the limitations of short battery range faced by electric vehicles. Governments around the world are providing subsidies and incentives to boost the adoption of hydrogen vehicles as they are zero-emission vehicles and help reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Continuous advancement in hydrogen fuel cell technology is one of the major drivers of the global hydrogen vehicle market. Fuel cell technologies providing better performance, reduced costs, and other desirable characteristics are helping hydrogen vehicles gain more commercial adoption. Government policies and initiatives supporting clean energy technologies and low or zero-emission vehicles are also fueling the growth of the hydrogen vehicle market. Heavy investment in hydrogen infrastructures like hydrogen refueling stations by both public and private organizations is another key driver as the lack of refueling infrastructure was one of the major challenges hindering the growth of hydrogen vehicles. Collaboration between automakers, fuel cell manufacturers, and energy companies to develop advanced technologies and build hydrogen ecosystems is expected to drive significant growth in the hydrogen vehicle market over the coming years.
The hydrogen vehicle market can be segmented based on vehicle type, propulsion type, and geography. Based on vehicle type, the hydrogen vehicle market is dominated by passenger vehicles. Rising consumer preferences for environment-friendly fuel systems and growing government subsidies are major factors driving the adoption of hydrogen vehicles for private use. Based on propulsion type, the market is dominated by proton exchange membrane fuel cell vehicles. PEM fuel cells offer higher efficiency and lower operating temperatures compared to alternative fuel cell technologies.
Political: Many governments are framing supportive policies and regulations to boost the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. They are providing purchase incentives and investing in building hydrogen refueling infrastructure to address range anxiety issues.
Economic: Lower oil prices and COVID-19 pandemic impacted the sales of automobiles in general. However, the hydrogen vehicle market is expected to grow significantly driven by government incentives for eco-friendly mobility solutions.
Social: Growing environmental consciousness among consumers is driving preferences for green technologies. Additionally, restrictions on fossil fuel vehicles in certain cities are encouraging adoption of alternatives like hydrogen vehicles.
Technological: Major automakers are investing heavily in developing affordable fuel cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies. Advancements are helping improve the driving range and reduce the cost of ownership of these vehicles.
The Global Hydrogen Vehicle Market Growth is expected to witness high over the forecast period. The global Hydrogen Vehicle Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 3.58 Mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 13% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030.
The Asia Pacific region dominated the market in 2023 with countries like Japan, South Korea and China emerging as major hubs of hydrogen-related infrastructure and fleet adoption. Governments in these countries are offering subsidies to encourage the purchase of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and establishing hydrogen refueling stations to address range anxiety issues.
Key players operating in the hydrogen vehicle market are Fox-IT (Part of NCC Group), Advenica, Owl Cyber Defense, AEP Networks, Waterfall Security Solutions, Nexor, Unisys Corporation, Siemens AG, BAE Systems plc, Thales Group, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Airbus Defence and Space, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Fortinet Inc., Palo Alto Networks, Inc.. Toyota, Hyundai and Honda have dominated the market with their fuel cell vehicles models like Mirai, Nexo and Clarity respectively. However, with new product launches planned, competition is expected to intensify in the coming years.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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