The Southern Chinese city of Foshan is the latest city in China after Qingdao and Tangshan to commence trials of hydrogen fuel cell powered trams. These trams have been developed by CRRC Qingdao Sifang in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems of Canada.
Foshan is in the process of inaugurating the 17.4 Km long Gaoming line which is on the west bank of the Xijiang river. The entire line, when completed will have 20 stops. The trams being tested are three three section low floor trams which have a capacity of 285 passengers. They carry hydrogen fuel in six tanks which give each tram a range of 100 km, which is equal to five trips along the line. The maximum speed of these trams is 70 km/h.
Generally Foshan is investing in fuel cell technology. The city has six operational hydrogen fuelling stations and another 12 are coming up soon. Foshan has already deployed 768 Hydrogen powered vehicles on their roads till now.