Automotive Fuel Cell Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Vehicle Type (Buses, LCVs, Passenger Cars, Trucks), By Component (Air Compressors, Fuel Compressors, Fuel Stacks, Humidifiers, Power Conditioners), By Propulsion (FCEV, FCHEV), By Fuel Type (Hydrogen, Methanol, Ethanol), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : Mar 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061616809
  • Pages : 149

The automotive fuel cell market is anticipated to expand at a high CAGR over the forecast period.

Automotive Fuel Cell are electric-powered vehicles that use a fuel cell to power an electric motor to drive. They are more efficient than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles and produce no harmful emissions which helps reduce global warming and is environmentally friendly. Fuel cell vehicles are zero-emissions vehicles that emit only warm air and water vapor. They use a propulsion system which is similar to electric vehicles, where hydrogen-powered fuel is converted to electricity by the fuel cell.

The most common type of fuel cell for vehicle applications is the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell, where hydrogen is introduced to the anode and oxygen (from the air). A hydrogen fuel cell functions like a battery, producing electricity, which can run an electric motor made up of three parts: an electrolyte, an anode, and a cathode. Instead of requiring recharging, however, the fuel cell can be refilled with hydrogen.


The major market drivers for automotive fuel cells are increasing global warming as our regular combustion engine produces a lot of harmful emissions while burning the fuel. It impacts the environment, leading to an increase in carbon footprint. Hence, an alternative to that is electric cars which are not harmful to the environment and are also cheaper compared to combustion fuel. This reduces harmful gases in the environment to help reduce global warming. They can help create a more sustainable future in which money is saved, reduce air pollution, and provide an enjoyable driving experience. Additionally, electric cars can offer incentives like solo access to the carpool lane and federal, state, and local rebates.


  • The growing environmental concerns are predicted to propel the automotive fuel cell market

Traditional fossil fuel-powered commercial vehicles, especially trucks and buses, are responsible for increasing transportation emissions, which leads to harming the environment. To reduce that, many new automobile companies are investing in automotive fuel vehicles to provide an alternative to fossil fuel-powered vehicles, which are more environment friendly to use. For instance, TATA Motors is launching a new electric SUV, Harrier. ev. The Harrier. ev is a distinctive, dynamic, and elegant SUV. They are extending this pedigree to the Gen 2 EV architecture, delivering an uncompromised range and top-notch advanced features.

Initiatives taken by government bodies around the world to switch to green energy mobility to reduce transportation pollution are projected to drive the automotive fuel cell market.

Several governments are already making plans around the globe to promote fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the road, which will also help the automotive fuel-cell industry grow. For instance, in 2023, US President Joe Biden is investing in America's agenda, which will lead to a manufacturing and clean energy boom and accelerate the production of affordable electric vehicles. The Indian government is also working on making charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Charging stations are an important part of sustaining electric vehicle transport for the long term.

  • Innovations in automotive fuel cell technology and setting up hydrogen fuel points are anticipated to grow the market

A major shift towards hydrogen-powered vehicles in the automotive industry can be seen in recent times. Many automobile companies like Hyundai are making hydrogen-fueled vehicles like Hyundai's hydrogen fuel-powered vans or buses. Governments are also investing and promoting for infrastructure of hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles give impressive range and tackle the increasing operational cost of conventional combustion engines.


The lack of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and also for hydrogen-fueled vehicles is restraining the automotive fuel cell market. Hydrogen infrastructure includes Hydrogen production plants, storage facilities, fuel stations, and roads made for FCEVs. However, the development of electric vehicle infrastructure is one of the key factors to ensure the growth in demand for electric vehicles. Unfortunately, EV charging infrastructure in most developing countries is inadequate at present and yet to catch up to meet the requirement, which in turn is restraining the automotive fuel cell market growth.

Prominent growth is projected in the Asia Pacific region

The Asia Pacific region is expected to show major growth in the automotive fuel cell industry as currently, they have the most number of automotive fuel and hydrogen fuel stations. Moreover, these region's governments, like South Korea, China, India, and Japan, are promoting and investing in the automotive fuel industry. They are also continuously developing infrastructure in the regions related to automotive fuel cells. 

Many leading automobile manufacturers, such as Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda, are from the Asia Pacific region. They are also shifting towards adopting automotive fuel technology and manufacturing new products based on that. This is a major reason contributing to this region's prominent growth.


  • Toyota EU: Hydrogen-powered trucks for zero-emission heavy-duty transport on European roads. Also, collaborating with truck companies to integrate fuel cell modules into their vehicles. For instance, working with VDL Groep to decarbonize European logistics by integrating fuel cell modules into trucks and incorporating those trucks on some of their logistic routes.
  • Hyundai: NEXO Fuel Cell is a hydrogen-powered SUV. It is the first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV that has zero harmful emissions, which helps to take us toward a cleaner and greener future. It also has a 380-mile driving range. The only thing coming out of the tailpipe is water which makes it eco-friendly.

Recent Developments:

  • In January 2024, Ballard announced a new Long-Term Supply Agreement with NFI and a purchase order for 100 fuel cell engines for bus deployments in North America. The agreement is the next step in the already existing partnership between Ballard and NFI. The vision is to deliver fuel cell power for a sustainable planet. Ballard zero-emission PEM fuel cells are powering all kinds of vehicles, including trains, stationary power, buses, marine vessels, and commercial trucks.
  • In May 2023, Toyota EU converted traditional heavy-duty trucks to zero-emission carriers using fuel cell modules. Some of the logistic partner trucks in Europe are to be converted by VDL Groep to zero-emission carriers. It will allow to progressively decarbonize the long-haul transportation of components, vehicles, and service parts.


  • By Vehicle Type
    • Buses
    • LCVs
    • Passenger Cars
    • Trucks
  • By Component
    • Air compressors
    • Fuel compressors
    • Fuel Stacks
    • Humidifiers
    • Power Conditioners
  • By Propulsion
    • FCEV
    • FCHEV
  • By Fuel Type
    • Hydrogen
    • Methanol
    • Ethanol
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others 
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Others 
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others 
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline

1.8. Key Benefits to the Stakeholder


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Processes


3.1. Key Findings

3.2. Analyst View


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

4.5. Analyst View


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Buses

5.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.2.2. Growth Prospects

5.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

5.3. LCVs

5.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.3.2. Growth Prospects

5.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

5.4. Passenger Cars

5.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.4.2. Growth Prospects

5.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

5.5. Trucks

5.5.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.5.2. Growth Prospects

5.5.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Air Compressors

6.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.2.2. Growth Prospects

6.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.3. Fuel Compressors

6.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.3.2. Growth Prospects

6.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.4. Fuel Stacks

6.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.4.2. Growth Prospects

6.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.5. Humidifiers

6.5.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.5.2. Growth Prospects

6.5.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.6. Power Conditioners

6.6.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.6.2. Growth Prospects

6.6.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


7.1. Introduction

7.2. FCEV

7.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.2.2. Growth Prospects

7.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

7.3. FCHEV

7.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

7.3.2. Growth Prospects

7.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


8.1. Introduction

8.2. Hydrogen

8.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

8.2.2. Growth Prospects

8.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

8.3. Methanol

8.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

8.3.2. Growth Prospects

8.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

8.4. Ethanol

8.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

8.4.2. Growth Prospects

8.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


9.1. Introduction

9.2. North America

9.2.1. By Vehicle Type

9.2.2. By Component

9.2.3. By Propulsion

9.2.4. By Fuel Type

9.2.5. By Country United States Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Canada Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Mexico Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.3. South America

9.3.1. By Vehicle Type

9.3.2. By Component

9.3.3. By Propulsion

9.3.4. By Fuel Type

9.3.5. By Country Brazil Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Argentina Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.4. Europe

9.4.1. By Vehicle Type

9.4.2. By Component

9.4.3. By Propulsion

9.4.4. By Fuel Type

9.4.5. By Country United Kingdom Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Germany Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects France Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Italy Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Spain Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.5. Middle East and Africa

9.5.1. By Vehicle Type

9.5.2. By Component

9.5.3. By Propulsion

9.5.4. By Fuel Type

9.5.5. By Country Saudi Arabia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects UAE Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6. Asia Pacific

9.6.1. By Vehicle Type

9.6.2. By Component

9.6.3. By Propulsion

9.6.4. By Fuel Type

9.6.5. By Country

9.6.6. Japan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.7. China Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.8. India Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.9. South Korea Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.10. Taiwan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.11. Thailand Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.12. Indonesia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

9.6.13. Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects


10.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

10.2. Market Share Analysis

10.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

10.4. Competitive Dashboard


11.1. Ballard Power Systems

11.2. Toyota EU

11.3. Bosch Mobility

11.4. Intelligent Energy

11.5. Siemens 

11.6. Volvo Group

11.7. Hyundai

11.8. Nuvera Fuel Cells

11.9. General Motors

Ballard Power Systems

Toyota EU

Bosch Mobility

Intelligent Energy


Volvo Group


Nuvera Fuel Cells

General Motors