Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Market

Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Market Size, Share Analysis, By Fuel Cell Technology (PAFC, DMFC, PEMFC), By Fuel Cell Capacity (Up to 75 kW, 75-100 kW, 100-150 kW, Above 150 kW), By Vehicle Category (LCVs, HCVs, Industrial Trucks), & Region - Global Market Insights 2022-2032

Analysis of Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The global commercial hydrogen vehicle market has reached US$ 4 billion in 2022 and is predicted to balloon at a high CAGR of 30.6% to surge to US$ 57.9 billion by the end of 2032. Worldwide sales of commercial hydrogen vehicles are expected to grow 14.4X by the end of 2032.

Over the 2017-2021 historical period, the global market for commercial hydrogen vehicles registered a CAGR of 10.8%, according to Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider. The benefits of hydrogen fuel cells for the automotive industry are quite well known. The costly method of separating molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen, however, prevents the widespread use of hydrogen as a fuel in vehicles.

Researchers have been working continuously to develop a low-cost technique for producing hydrogen energy.

  • A study that was published by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and Griffith University in Nature Communications proved that they had successfully separated hydrogen by utilizing catalysts made of cheap metals such as nickel and iron to break it from water particles.

In light of gaining a stronghold in the hydrogen vehicle market, manufacturers are building the infrastructure needed for the mass manufacturing of hydrogen vehicles. Due to significant investments done by manufacturers and numerous other factors, the growth of the global market for hydrogen vehicles seems to be bright.

The global fuel cell industry is expected to reach US$ 4.7 billion in 2022. Moreover, the total revenue of the global fuel cell market is expected to grow significantly due to the increase in hydrogen gas supply and utilization. The need for hydrogen vehicles will also see a steady rise as a result.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become a much more attractive choice for people in recent years and will drive commercial hydrogen vehicle demand. Hydrogen fuel penetration as an environment-friendly source in developed regions is anticipated to increase, and thus, will drive the demand for commercial hydrogen vehicles. Innovation in low-cost commercial hydrogen vehicles will also positively impact commercial hydrogen vehicle market growth.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2021A)

US$ 3.2 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 4 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 57.9 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

30.6% CAGR

Americas Market Share (2022)


Americas Market Value (2022)

US$ 1.8 billion

APAC Market Share (2022)


APAC Market Value (2022)

US$ 1.3 billion

Germany Market Value (2022)

US$ 184.5 million

Market Share of Top 3 Countries


Key Companies Profiled

  • Anglo American
  • DAF
  • Daimler Truck
  • General Motors
  • Hinduja Group
  • Hyundai Motor Group
  • Hyzon Motors
  • International Truck
  • Komatsu
  • MAN
  • New Flyer Industries Ltd.,
  • Nikola Corporation
  • PACCAR Inc
  • SAIC Motor Corporation Limited
  • SANY Heavy Truck
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Van Hool
  • Volvo AB

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What’s Driving Worldwide Demand for Commercial Hydrogen Vehicles?

“Enhanced Fuel Economy & Greater Driving Range to Boost Demand Growth for Commercial Hydrogen Vehicles”

Improved fuel efficiency and longer driving distances are two important factors that are expected to propel the market expansion of hydrogen vehicles. Compared to ICE vehicles, FCEVs offer better fuel efficiency.

An FCEV typically gets close to 70 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), while an ICE car only gets around 25-30 MPGe on a highway. An FCEV's fuel efficiency can be increased via hybridization by up to 3.2%. An FCEV gets about 55 MPGe on urban roads, compared to 20 MPGe for ICE vehicles. Some FCVs can get over 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen fuel.

The average driving range of battery electric vehicles (BEV) typically lies between 200-250 miles with a fully charged battery, which can take hours to charge. FCVs can be refueled in as little as five minutes. Improved fuel economy and a longer range will therefore raise the demand for FCEVs, which will, in turn, boost the demand for commercial hydrogen vehicles.

“Intensifying Environmental Concerns to Act as Market Driver for Commercial Hydrogen Vehicles”

Due to growing concerns about environmental deterioration and the depletion of natural resources, several technologies that encourage eco-friendly methods of sustaining the atmosphere are being introduced to the market at a wide scale. Furthermore, as a result of the environmental friendliness of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles over other conventional vehicles, they are also becoming more popular due to increased awareness about the effects of air pollution, rising levels of traffic, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Since hydrogen fuel is produced with less waste than fossil fuels, it is regarded as being more environmentally friendly. Water is the sole by-product created during the generation of hydrogen, making it a clean fuel. Hydrogen is more affordable because it can also be manufactured utilising a variety of domestic resources. Thus, it will boost not only passenger hydrogen vehicle sales but also commercial hydrogen vehicles.

What Do Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Manufacturers Need to Watch Out For?

“High Vehicle Cost and Inflammability Can impede Market Growth”

The price of fuel cells is a significant barrier for the automobile fuel cell market. On average, commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicles cost more than US$ 440,000. A catalyst, stacks, bipolar plate gas diffusion layers, and a membrane are the important components of a fuel cell.

In PEM fuel cells, which are typically utilized for automotive applications, platinum is typically used as a catalyst, which is one of the most expensive metals. The catalyst accounts for roughly 46% of the entire cost of the fuel cell, making it more expensive than BEV batteries.

Moreover, hydrogen and oxygen are combined in fuel cells to create energy through a chemical reaction. Oxygen enables the burning of other materials at lower temperatures, and hydrogen is a highly flammable gas. Fuel can catch fire if not handled carefully since hydrogen flames have the potential to explode and are invisible.

Additionally, as a result of increased research and development in battery technology, battery prices continue to decline. Owing to all the mentioned factors, it is anticipated that the high cost of raw materials, including carbon fiber for the production of hydrogen fuel tanks and platinum metal for the fuel cell anode, will restrain the market.

Commercial hydrogen vehicle market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of commercial hydrogen vehicles based on vehicle category and region. Under the vehicle category segment, buses and coaches lead with 43.1% market share in 2022.

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Country-wise Insights

Will Increasing Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Drive Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Demand across Countries?

Hydrogen stations are presently present in 33 countries, with Slovenia and Hungary most recently adding their names to the list. However, Asia has the highest density of hydrogen refueling stations, with 363 stations. The most moral countries are China (105), Korea (95), and Japan (195), with China outperforming the other Asian nations in terms of hydrogen stations that are virtually solely used to refuel bus or truck fleets.

With 60 stations in operation, California continues to account for a bulk of the 86 hydrogen stations in North America. There were 11 new fueling stations that opened in 2021.

Fuel cell vehicle infrastructure is developing more and more. The world saw a record 142 hydrogen filling stations open their doors in 2021. There were 89 new filling stations in Asia, 13 in North America, and 37 in Europe.

Further, by the end of 2021, there were 685 hydrogen filling stations active worldwide. Currently, 252 additional fueling stations are planned. The developments in Spain and New Zealand stand out since many new, precise placement strategies were introduced there.

Thus, owing to the above reasons, the commercial hydrogen vehicle market is expected to generate an absolute dollar opportunity of US$ 54.7 billion by 2032, growing 14.4X over the next ten years.

How are Initiatives by the European Union Fueling Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Sales in Europe?

In 2020, the EU adopted its hydrogen plan. The fundamental objective of this plan was to establish a European hydrogen ecosystem that would use research and innovation to expand and enhance infrastructure and production on a global scale.

The EU's goal for integrating the energy system includes hydrogen as a significant component. In keeping with the European Green Deal, the plan placed a strong emphasis on producing and using renewable hydrogen to decarbonize the EU economy in an affordable manner and aid in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. 20 action items were listed and implemented during the first quarter of 2022.

Owing to the favorable policies, Spain appears to be quite active, and Germany takes the top spot on the chart of hydrogen fueling stations with 101 of the total 228 stations found in Europe.

These factors will drive the growth of the market in Germany in the long run, which is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 4.2 billion by the end of 2032.

Category-wise Insights

Why Will Industrial Trucks Gain Attention Not Only of Manufacturers But Also Industrialists?

Hydrogen fuel cell-based powertrains do not generate harmful pollutants gases such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and greenhouse gases from their tailpipes. The development of emission-free industrial trucks can attract manufacturers from all around the world to employ such vehicles in operations to achieve a milestone in their carbon footprint reduction journey and other sustainability initiatives.

  • For instance, in BMW`s Leipzig plant's H2Intradrive program, which aims to test hydrogen vehicles for components supply in car body production, BMW's logistics partner BLG Logistics has deployed 37 different hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

All in all, the use of industrial trucks is predicted to reach a market valuation of US$ 1.4 billion in 2022.

What is the Role of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) in This Market?

Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which function at low temperatures and with great efficiency to reduce the use of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions, are mostly used in automobiles. PEM fuel cells can operate at a practical efficiency of up to 65% when using hydrogen fuel, producing only water as a byproduct.

Additionally, automotive proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) have at last reached a technologically mature level where several significant automakers, including GM Motors, Navistar, and Hyundai, are leasing and selling fuel cell electric vehicles on a commercial scale.

Because of all the above facts, the market for PEMFC technology is expected to grow more than 15.6X during the assessment period.

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Competitive Landscape

Prominent commercial hydrogen vehicle manufacturers are Anglo American, DAF, Daimler Truck, General Motors, Hinduja Group, Hyundai Motor Group, Hyzon Motors, International Truck, Komatsu, MAN, New Flyer Industries Ltd., Nikola Corporation, PACCAR Inc, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, SANY Heavy Truck, Toyota Motor Corporation, Van Hool, and Volvo AB.

Key commercial hydrogen vehicle technology providers are AVL List GmbH, BAE Systems, Inc., Ballard Motive Solutions, Cellcentric, Cummins, Ekpo Fuel Cell Technologies, ElringKlinger, First Mode, Johnson Matthey, Plug Power, RAVEN SR, INC., Renault Group, Stellantis NV, Symbio, and TÜV NORD GROUP.

For years, fuel cell car prices have been dropping significantly, and throughout the course of the next ten years and beyond, they will keep declining. The cost of fuel cell vehicles, particularly buses, has decreased by 65% in the last few years, despite their low production volume.

Significant advancements in fuel cells have been made thanks to technological advances and product upgrades by many manufacturers. A variety of additional factors, such as the following, have also helped to lower the overall cost of fuel cell electric vehicles: Lower cost and better integration of the vehicle's electric drivetrain, decreased cost of the hydrogen storage tank, hybridization of the vehicle's fuel cell and batteries.

  • In Nov. 2021, Hinduja Group's premier Ashok Leyland revealed that the corporation is working on commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen, and a team is actively building these vehicles.
  • In Sept. 2021, Hyundai Motor Group hopes to be the first vehicle maker in the world to power all of its commercial vehicle models with fuel cell systems to make hydrogen vehicles more widely available by lowering the cost of the technology by 2028.
  • In Jan. 2021, truck manufacturer Navistar International Corp. announced that it will partner with American automobile maker General Motors Co. and others to create a commercial truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells and an accompanying fueling infrastructure.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of commercial hydrogen vehicles positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Industry Research

  • By Fuel Cell Technology :

    • PAFC
    • DMFC
    • PEMFC
  • By Fuel Capacity :

    • Up to 75 kW
    • 75-100 kW
    • 100-150 kW
    • Above 150 kW
  • By Vehicle Category :

    • LCV s
    • HCVs
    • Buses & Coaches
    • Industrial Trucks
  • By Region :

    • Americas
    • APAC
    • EMEA

- FAQs -

What is the global commercial hydrogen vehicle market size in 2022?

The commercial hydrogen vehicle market is estimated to reach a valuation of US$ 4 billion in 2022.

Which type of commercial hydrogen vehicle holds the highest market share?

Buses & coaches account for 43.1% share of the global market in 2022.

Which regional market accounts for a leading industry share?

The Americas tops the global commercial hydrogen vehicle market accounting for 45.1% market share in 2022.

How is the market for commercial hydrogen vehicles expected to fare going forward?

Worldwide demand for commercial hydrogen vehicles is anticipated to reach US$ 57.9 billion by 2032-end.

How did the market perform over the past few years?

During 2017-2021, sales of commercial hydrogen vehicles increased at 10.8% CAGR.

Commercial Hydrogen Vehicle Market