Shanghai may become the world’s first city to build an infrastructure to support the use of hydrogen fuel cells. According to the Detroit Free Press, a hydrogen fueling system could be ready in as little as three years. Although less than 1% of Chinese citizens currently own vehicles, auto sales are expected to grow to 10.4 million by 2010 and reach 20 million by 2020. According to Larry Burns, GM’s vice president of research and development and strategic planning, “Shanghai could accommodate 200,000 fuel cell vehicles with just 124 stations.” GM plans to have a fuel cell vehicle available for commercial sale, priced no more than traditional internal-combustion vehicles by 2010. GM revealed the Chevrolet fuel cell Volt (pictured above) at the Shanghai Auto Show this past April.

2010 will be an exciting year for Shanghai, the city is set to welcome over 70 million tourists as part of the World Expo and the world will be watching when they unveil the eco-city Dongtan.

+ Via Detroit Free Press