The key growth drivers for the market are higher fuel efficiency, longer driving range, and fast refueling of fuel cell; stringent emission norms; increasing government initiatives and investment for the development of fuel cell technology; and the increasing use of fuel cell in the transportation sector.
Some of the key manufacturers operating in the market are Ballard Power System (Canada), ITM Power (UK), Plug Power (US), Toshiba (Japan), AFCC (Canada), Hydrogenics (Canada) and Ceres Power (UK).
The fuel stack segment, by component type, is estimated to hold the largest market share in 2018. However, the power conditioner segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period because of the increasing adoption of electronic systems in vehicles.
The passenger car segment is estimated to hold the largest market share, in terms of volume, for automotive fuel cell, by vehicle type, during the forecast period. The segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing market owing to the ease of application of fuel cell technology in passenger cars, increased driving range, cost efficiency, and high focus of OEMs to implement fuel cell technology in passenger cars.
The 100–200 KW segment is estimated to hold the largest market share, by volume, for automotive fuel cell, by power output, during the forecast period. The growth will be driven by high demand for passenger vehicles. High output powered vehicles provide increased driving range and better performance. >200 KW is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment in the market. The segment is expected to grow because of the mass adoption of fuel cell commercial vehicles.
The Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell is estimated to be largest and fastest-growing market, in terms of volume, in the automotive fuel cell, by electrolyte type. PEM fuel cells are used in passenger and commercial vehicles for their high-power density, suitable operating temperature, small size, and lightweight.
The Asia Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for automotive fuel cell during the forecast period, followed by North America and Europe. The higher production of fuel cell vehicles such as cars, buses, and trucks are driving the automotive fuel cell market in this region. Also, Asia Pacific represents the biggest market for green technologies in the world. The largest markets for fuel cells in the Asia Pacific are China, Japan, and South Korea.
• Automotive fuel cell manufacturers and component suppliers
• Fuel stack component manufacturers
• Power conditioner component manufacturers
• Automotive OEMs
• Industry associations and other electric vehicle manufacturers
• The automobile industry and related end-user industries
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