Air Liquide Japan has opened two new hydrogen stations in Kita-Nagoya Yamanokoshi and in Kasugai Katsugawa. These openings are in alignment with the initiatives in the Chubu region to create a hydrogen society using this fuel as energy in daily lives and for industrial purposes. They are also a part of the government plan which aims to have 200,000 fuel cell vehicles on the roads and 320 filling stations by 2025.
Both stations are located in the Aichi Prefecture, an area which has one of the largest numbers of hydrogen vehicles and stations (1,100 and 25 respectively), along with Tokyo. The area also hosts the Japanese automobile industry, and the number of vehicles is expected to increase rapidly in the future, which justifies increasing the number of stations and is investing in this region for a better customer experience and to meet the growing demand.
Moreover, the new refueling facilities are sited at highly convenient locations: Kita-Nagoya Yamanokoshi station is located near National Route 22 and the Ichinomiya Nishiharu entrance to the Nagoya Expressway Ichinomiya Route; while Kasugai Katsugawa station is near National Route 19 and the Katsugawa entrance/exit to the Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway.
In addition, these hydrogen stations, which will operate on weekends for improved customer convenience, have been conceived with expandability in mind, so that it can refuel commercial vehicles, such as taxis, buses and trucks in the future.
Both stations have been created as a joint project between Air Liquide Japan and Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM). They are the fourth and fifth station jointly operated by these two companies. Two other stations are expected to be opened in Aichi prefecture, as a joint project with JHyM, during this fiscal year.
Source: Air Liquide