No less than eleven separate companies – including Toyota, Honda and even Nissan – will partner in Japan to support the development of the country’s hydrogen infrastructure.
All these Japanese companies recently inked a memorandum of understanding with regards to a collaborative project that would see the count of hydrogen stations throughout Japan increase dramatically. Aside from the carmakers, companies involved – Tokyo Gas, Toho Has, the Development Bank of Japan and JXTG Nippion Oil & Energy – will help achieve the national goal of having 160 hydrogen fuel stations by 2020 – up from 90 currently in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The government would also like to see 40,000 hydrogen vehicles on its motorways during the same timeframe.
Japan – home to a couple of the most supportive automakers when it comes to this type of green automotive technology – has been adamant about turning its society around, in a bid to lower dependence on fossil fuels. But the problem with hydrogen powered cars – of which only 245 Clarity and 1034 Mirai units were sold throughout 2016 – is there’s limited infrastructure to support them. Japan has been keen to change that, offering support to customers looking to acquire hydrogen-based vehicles, and wants to show its green credentials to the entire world when all eyes will be set upon the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.