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Coalition of 13 Japanese Companies Come Together for Hydrogen Vehicles

Japan Hydrogen Highway Plans
In brief: Thirteen Japanese companies, including automakers and energy companies, have joined together to expand the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCV or FCV) in 2015.

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Japanese Hy Highway plans

The thirteen companies, which include Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, are working together to put the hydrogen supply and distribution network together throughout Japan. Every Japanese automaker experimenting with HFC vehicles plans to roll out production models in 2015 and the infrastructure to support those is a vital part of the technology's mass introduction.

The companies are approaching local and national government in Japan as well as concerned parties to discuss strategies for optimizing hydrogen infrastructure and fueling station placement.

Initial production and sales of HFCVs will center on Japan's four largest cities, expanding from there to the rest of the nation and the world.

Companies in the coalition include: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC); Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.; Honda Motor Company, Ltd.; JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation; Idemitsu Kosan Company, Ltd.; Iwatani Corporation; Osaka Gas Company, Ltd.; Cosmo Oil Company, Ltd.; Saibu Gas Company, Ltd.; Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.; Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation; Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd.; and Toho Gas, Company, Ltd.

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Hydrogen fuel suppliers hope to have 100 H2 fueling stations in place by 2015.

Photo credits: Nissan Global

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