Three Automakers Join Forces for Hydrogen Infrastructure in Japan
Toyota, Nissan and Honda “have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles,” Toyota said today, citing the Japanese government’s Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells formulated in June 2014.
“For hydrogen-fueled FCVs to gain popularity, it is not only important that attractive products be launched – hydrogen station infrastructure must also be developed,” Toyota said. “At present, infrastructure companies are making every effort to build such an infrastructure, but they face difficulties in installing and operating hydrogen stations while FCVs are not common on the road.”
Money from the OEMs, Money from the State
“The three automobile manufacturers hope to both popularize FCVs and ensure that it will be easy to refuel them,” states the Toyota release. They “will give careful consideration to concrete initiatives, such as underwriting a portion of the expenses involved in the operation of hydrogen stations.”
Toyota said it expects new government policies, “including partially subsidizing the cost of operating hydrogen stations,” to back the manufacturers’ efforts.
Source: Toyota Motor with Fleets & Fuels follow-up