Toyota, Honda and Nissan Collaborating on Hydrogen Infrastructure

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Hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars seem like a good deal for the future of transportation, perfectly combining the greenness of standard EVs with the internal combustion cars’ ease of use. But in order for this to make any sense we need both a sustainable way of extracting hydrogen and an infrastructure to deliver it to the pump. For the latter to become real, Toyota, Honda and Nissan have joined forces to accelerate the process.
Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd., just agreed to join forces and build a hydrogen station infrastructure faster, with specific measures to be undertaken following to be determined later this year.

The three most important Japanese automakers hope to make FCVs popular by ensuring that owners will find it as easy to refuel them as it would have been with a normal gasoline powered car. Toyota’s Mirai, for example, can be filled up in around 3 minutes for a range of 300 miles (483 km).

Of course, the measures will firstly be applied in Japan, where the Government has also highlighted the importance of the project and is supporting it through subsidies. Part of the plan figured out by the automotive trio is to also support a fraction of the expenses involved in the operation of hydrogen stations.

In the meantime, the struggle is also present in the US too. The latest news talk about the LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility having been the first one to find a way to legally sell the fuel. Before their breakthrough, the rest of the stations couldn’t measure the quantity of hydrogen people put in their cars so refueling was free.
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