Great Wall Motor (GWM), has signed an MoU with H2 Mobility to become its seventh shareholder and co-owner.

The automaker will contribute additional investment to the company and acquire a minority share, joining the six existing shareholders, namely Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total.

H2 Mobility Deutschland is to establish a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure to supply cars with fuel-cell drives in Germany.

During the first phase, the company will operate 100 hydrogen stations in seven German metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich), and along connecting highways in 2019. This will be followed by up to 300 more hydrogen stations in line with vehicle ramp up.

Great Wall Motor China (GWM) has invested in New Energy Vehicle technologies, such as a hydrogen prototype and test centre in Baoding, Hebei, China, as well as the recently-acquired Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain.

GWM will provide FCEVs to customers in China, and will later consider expanding into international markets with a focus on early hydrogen markets such as Germany with its rapidly growing hydrogen station network developed by H2 Mobility.

In order to contribute to establishing a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure network in China as soon as possible, GWM is making investments in hydrogen refuelling technologies.

H2 Mobility and GWM will cooperate on the harmonisation and advancement of hydrogen codes and standards and will work to further improve the reliability and convenience of hydrogen refuelling.