Automakers to support fuel cell technology 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.