Nissan, Toyota, Honda Agree To Jointly Develop Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure In Japan
Nissan has officially joined the hydrogen fuel cell bandwagon with this joint announcement
“Toyota, Nissan, and Honda to Jointly 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.”
This is a Japan-specific announcement, with no impact on Europe or the U.S. at this time.
For the record, Nissan has never publicly shown disinterest in hydrogen. Rather, the automaker always felt that electric cars make the most sense today, but perhaps hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will become the more viable solution well into the future.
This doesn’t change Nissan’s commitment to electric cars. Instead, it shows that Nissan is prepping for future times when perhaps some breakthrough and additional cost-cutting make fuel cell electric vehicles commercially viable.
Press release below:
Toyota, Nissan, and Honda to Jointly 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, 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 abovementioned 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.
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 FCVs.