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Toyota, Nissan, and Honda jointly to support hydrogen station infrastructure development

Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers will be determined at a later date.

For hydrogen-fueled FCVs to gain popularity, the three said, it is not only important that attractive products be launched—hydrogen station infrastructure must also be developed. 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.

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 both popularize FCVs and ensure that it will be easy to refuel them. Consequently, they have jointly recognized the need for automobile manufacturers to promote the development of hydrogen station infrastructure alongside the government and infrastructure companies, with the aim of working towards achieving the aims of the Road Map, the source of the government’s subsidy support. The three automobile manufacturers will give careful consideration to concrete initiatives, such as underwriting a portion of the expenses involved in the operation of hydrogen stations.

Comments

HarveyD

Great news for future PHEVs in Japan.

It will also be very useful during extended power failures.

PEMs rare and expensive platinum catalyzers will soon be replaced with much cheaper iron catalyzers making future PEMs and PHEVs cheaper.

electric-car-insider.com

That's going to require a fairly sizable investment. DOE estimated $500 billion to $1 trillion to replace the US gasoline infrastructure.

The most fascinating part is how H2 fuel cost will compete vs electricity in an era of 200 mile range BEVs.

Lad

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WoW!, that's a heck of an investment by the hydrocarbon stakeholders. This amounts to a very serious fight to determine if the World will continue to pollute itself into extension using oil and natural gas(hydrogen) fuels or if batteries and renewables are allowed to save the World.

HarveyD

USA could save/recover over $1T in reduced health care cost and increased productivity with shared driverless BEVs and FCEVs.

Spread over 10 to 20 years, the investment would be between $50B/yr and $100B/yr. That's a lot less than the current cost of on-going OIL wars. The indirect savings such as reduced health care cost, increased productivity, reduced GHG and pollution would more than offset the total cost over 10 years or so.

Of course, the Oil industries will buy enough politicians to fight it.

Roger Pham

>>>>"DOE estimated $500 billion to $1 trillion to replace the US gasoline infrastructure. "

The US consumed 134 billion gallons of gasoline in 2013. At $3.5 per gallon back then, the total spent on gasoline was $469 billions IN ONE YEAR.
If the gasoline infrastructures can be replaced by a ONE TIME investment of $500-1000 billions H2 infrastructure that will last for many decades, to be independent from petroleum, it would be the greatest bargain!

>>>>"Of course, the Oil industries will buy enough politicians to fight it. "

The energy industry may not have to, if they will be a part of it. Look at how the Japanese government and Japanese industry are teaming up to make the Hydrogen Economy happen.

electric-car-insider.com

Roger, when you say the Japanese government is "teaming up" you are profoundly obscuring the true nature of the relationship. The Japanese taxpayer is funding cars and infrastructure, to the great advantage of the industry participants.

You sidestepped the issue of infrastructure cost in the US, mentioning instead the cost of the consumable fuel. A bit of misdirection at best.

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