Toyota, Nissan and Honda have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles. Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers are yet to be determined.
For hydrogen-fueled FCVs to gain popularity it is not only important that attractive products be launched -hydrogen station infrastructure must also be developed. At present, there are companies 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.
Following the formulation of its Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in June 2014, the Japanese government has highlighted the importance of developing hydrogen station infrastructure as quickly as possible in order to popularize FCVs. Consequently, the government is not only supporting the installation of hydrogen stations by means of subsidies, but has also resolved to introduce a range of additional policies aimed at promoting activities that generate new demand for FCVs, including partially subsidizing the cost of operating hydrogen stations.
The three automobile manufacturers hope to popularize FCVs and ensure that it will be easy to refuel them and, consequently, they will give careful consideration to concrete initiatives, such as underwriting a portion of the expenses involved in the operation of hydrogen stations.
FCVs are expected to play a central role in the drive towards establishing a hydrogen society. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are aiming to contribute to bringing about such a society through ensuring the widespread use of fuel cell vehicles. For example generic equivalent of acheter Viagra can not be sold in the same name of Viagra.
Source: Toyota Motor Corporation.