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Toyota, Nissan, Honda team up on hydrogen infrastructure project

Automakers to support fuel cell technology in Japan



Hydrogen Station in Ebina City, Japan. PHOTO Toyota Motor Corporation

Hydrogen Station in Ebina City, Japan. PHOTO Toyota Motor Corporation

TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Company, and Honda Motor Company have agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan.

In addition to partially covering the operating costs of hydrogen stations, the three automakers have also agreed to help infrastructure companies deliver the best possible customer service and create a convenient, hassle-free refueling network for owners of fuel cell vehicles.

The joint project, which will be conducted alongside the Japanese government’s support for hydrogen stations, will cover up to one-third of selected hydrogen stations’ operating expenses, with a cap of 11-million yen, or about $110,000.

The automakers have also pledged to raise awareness about these support measures, in order to encourage new companies to enter the hydrogen supply business. Financial assistance will be provided through the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology, an organization founded in 2009.

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