Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The market is segmented by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Fuel Cell Vehicle Market in USD million for all the above segments.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 30.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific
Market Concentration High

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Analysis

The Fuel Cell Vehicle Market was valued at USD 400 million in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 8,500 million by 2027, registering a CAGR of around 30% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

COVID-19's influence on the fuel cell vehicle market was unavoidable, as it has on nearly every other industry in the market. However, due to the rapidly increasing adoption rate of mild-hybrid electric cars throughout the world, the electric vehicle (EV) industry is seeing significant growth. Additionally, due to the pandemic, sales of fuel cell vehicles decreased dramatically globally. However, with life returning to normalcy, the market is expected to gain momentum in the following years.

Factors such as rising fuel prices and government activities throughout the globe to raise awareness about fuel cell electric cars are projected to drive the use of electric vehicles over the forecast period. Infrastructure for hydrogen stations continues to improve, and nations like China, which have a well-established supply chain for components such as traction motors, fuel cells, and others continue to lead the passenger car and urban bus sectors.

The expansion of the fuel cell electric vehicle market is fueled by increased demand for fuel-efficient, high-performance, and low-emission cars, as well as stricter rules and regulations on vehicle emissions, decreased battery costs, and rising fuel costs.

Governments all across the world are getting increasingly interested in electric mobility. Government rules to phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles, government expenditures to improve public EV charging infrastructure, and measures like subsidies and tax refunds to stimulate the adoption of EVs are all expected to aid market expansion. Several governments across the globe are investing in electric vehicle infrastructure, including hydrogen filling stations directly through public filing stations and also through subsidies.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Fuel Cell Vehicle Market according to our research experts:

Endorsement of Stringent Tail Pipe Emission Norms

Electric vehicles running on Fuel Cells are becoming an integral part of the automotive industry, and it represents a pathway toward achieving energy efficiency, along with reduced emission of pollutants and other greenhouse gases. With the growing environmental concerns, governments and environmental agencies are enacting stringent emission norms and laws, which are expected to increase the manufacturing cost of fuel-efficient IC engines, thereby propelling the demand for electric powertrains in the coming years.

Government initiatives are expected to play a crucial role in promoting fuel cell electric vehicles in many countries. Several countries are implementing plans to ban petrol and diesel cars in the 2030 - 2040 timeframe, to reduce emissions and encourage the sales of fuel cell vehicles. Moreover, several tax relaxations and incentives for EVs are also being put in place to encourage the sales of EVs. These initiatives are expected to drive the demand for electric vehicles, which in turn will support the growth of the Fuel Cell Vehicle market.

For Instance, regulation on CO2 emissions in Europe and the United States is becoming more stringent. Europe has set its emission limits of 95 g/km by 2020 and a further 37.5 percent reduction by 2030, resulting in a limit of 59 g/km. North America has set emission limits of over 99 g/km following the Passenger Vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025. In order to reach the pollution standards and avoid penalties, more electrified vehicles will have to be marketed by OEMs in the coming years, which is expected to positively drive the market growth.

An increase in the volume of vehicle exhaust emissions from all sorts of cars that use fossil fuels has polluted the atmosphere. Poor air quality has been related to an increase in a variety of significant respiratory illnesses. Vehicle pollution, which includes NOx, VOCs, PM2.5, PM10, and other pollutants, accounts for around 30% of total air pollution in Europe.

The increase in the government initiatives and regulations to ban or reduce the sale of cars running on IC is expected to aid the fuel cell vehicle market to grow in the forecast period.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Share

Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow significantly

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are zero-emission cars that use a fuel cell to convert hydrogen stored onboard into electricity. Despite the fact that FCEVs have been on the market for over a decade, registrations are still low orders of magnitude fewer than EVs.

This is partly due to the lack of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) and the fact that, unlike EVs, FCEVs cannot be fueled at home. Furthermore, there are few commercial FCEV models available, and the high cost of gasoline and purchase prices result in a higher total cost of ownership than EVs.

However, the governments of various regions have supported the building of HRSs, either whole or part, to facilitate the deployment of FCEVs, including public buses and municipal vehicles, as well as cars.

Countries like South Korea, China, and Japan, are investing heavily in the hydrogen refueling station infrastructure to facilitate the increased demand for fuel cell electric vehicles in the upcoming years.

South Korea leads in the deployment of the fuel cell electric vehicle development in Asia-Pacific with over 19,000 cars in stock which is almost double when compared to 2020. Additionally, the United States is the second largest stock of fuel cell electric vehicles, with an amount of 12,400 units. Amount 25% more when compared to the stock in 2020.

In Addition, China boasts the world's largest fleet of fuel cell buses and trucks, with over 8,400 vehicles in total. China produces about 90% of the world's fuel cell buses and over 95% of the world's fuel cell trucks.

Owing to the expected growth in the major countries in Asia-Pacific, the fuel cell vehicle market is expected to grow in this region in the forecast period.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Growth

Fuel Cell Vehicle Industry Overview

The flex-fuel vehicle industry constitutes a number of players making up a concentrated market. The top five competitors in the market account for more than 60% of the entire market share, owing to a wide range of vehicles that operate on the fuel cell.

The major players in the market include Hyundai Motor Company, Volkswagen AG, Honda Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Mercedes-Benz Group.

Many other players are partnering with players to develop fuel cell electric vehicle technology. For instance,

  • In July 2021, Toyota announced that Caetano Bus, the Portuguese bus manufacturing company, and Toyota announced the co-branding of the battery-electric city bus, the e-City Gold, and the fuel cell electric bus, the H2.City Gold. Since 2019, TME has integrated Toyota's fuel cell technology, including fuel cell stacks, hydrogen tanks, and other key components, into the hydrogen city buses manufactured by Caetano Bus.
  • In April 2021, SAFRA Materiel Transport Public and Symbio (a subsidiary of Michelin and Faurecia) signed an agreement to manufacture 1500 hydrogen buses.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Leaders

  1. Volkswagen AG

  2. Mercedes-Benz Group

  3. Honda Motor Company Limited

  4. Hyundai Motor Company

  5. Toyota Motor Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Hyundai Motor Company, Volkswagen AG, Honda Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Mercedes-Benz Group.
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Fuel Cell Vehicle Market News

  • In July 2021, MZK in Konin stated that it would be the first public transport operator in Poland to add a hydrogen bus to its fleet. Secured by Solaris Bus & Coach, the contract stipulates the four-year lease of a Urbino 12 hydrogen bus propelled with energy derived from hydrogen. The vehicle will be delivered to Konin in 2022.
  • In December 2020, Toyota launched its new vehicle Mirai. The vehicle runs on a fuel cell powered by hydrogen as fuel. Toyota Mirai gets a 142.2-liter fuel tank, and the fuel cell offers a max power of 171hp and 221Nm of peak torque.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Vehicle type

      1. 5.1.1 Passenger Vehicle

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial Vehicle

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. UAE

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Volkswagen AG

      2. 6.2.2 BMW Group

      3. 6.2.3 Mercedes-Benz Group

      4. 6.2.4 Honda Motor Company Limited

      5. 6.2.5 General Motor Company

      6. 6.2.6 MAN SE

      7. 6.2.7 Volvo Group

      8. 6.2.8 Toyota Motor Company

      9. 6.2.9 Hyundai Motor Company

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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Fuel Cell Vehicle Industry Segmentation

The main source of fuel cell electric vehicles is hydrogen. The Vehicles running on hydrogen are powered by a fuel cell that replaced the conventional IC engine. These are more fuel-efficient than traditional internal combustion engines and release no tailpipe emissions but only water vapor and warm air. FCEVs and the hydrogen infrastructure needed to fuel them are still in their infancy. But with advancing technology, the global fuel cell market is expected to grow in the forecast period.

The market is segmented by Vehicle Type (Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Fuel Cell Vehicle Market in USD million for all the above segments.

By Vehicle type
Passenger Vehicle
Commercial Vehicle
North America
Rest of North America
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Research FAQs

The Fuel Cell Vehicle Market is projected to register a CAGR of 30% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz Group, Honda Motor Company Limited, Hyundai Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation are the major companies operating in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Fuel Cell Vehicle Market.

The report covers the Fuel Cell Vehicle Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Fuel Cell Vehicle Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Industry Report

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