Great Wall will announce the launch of a sub-brand by the end of this year, under which premium hydrogen cars will be sold on the market. This is reported by the CLS publication with reference to its own sources.
Initially, the launch of the new brand was planned for the second quarter of 2022, but the coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments to the schedule of the Chinese concern. The brand will become part of Great Wall’s extensive portfolio, which already includes Haval, One, Way, Tank, and others.
Last year, Great Wall Motor announced that it would invest three billion yuan over three years in research and development of cars with hydrogen fuel cell power plants, and “by 2025 it will be among the top three” companies producing such cars. Specialists from Europe, Japan, and the USA will be involved in the project.
It is assumed that the LEMON platform, which is familiar from the Haval Jolion and H6 models, will be used for future hydrogen cars: it is designed not only for cars with a traditional internal combustion engine, but also suitable for hybrid systems, electric drive or fuel cells. According to unofficial data, the peak power of the installation of future hydrogen cars will be 217 horsepower, although Great Wall can potentially develop more powerful models.
Great Wall already has the sub-brands Wey and Haval (produces mass crossovers), Ora (electric vehicles), Tank (four-wheel-drive SUVs), as well as a relatively new Saloon, whose field of activity will be premium electric vehicles.