Toyota, Honda and Nissan to co-develop hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan for fuel cell vehicles


Toyota, Honda and Nissan have agreed on key details of 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, Japan’s big three have also agreed to help infrastructure companies deliver the best possible customer service and create a convenient refueling network for owners of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

The joint project, with the Japanese government’s support, was first announced in February. Project partners will together raise awareness on the support measures to encourage new companies to enter the hydrogen supply business. Financial assistance will be provided through the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilisation Technology (HySUT), which is setting up a project to stimulate demand for FCVs.


In addition, the trio will work with infrastructure companies to use info such as customer needs and hydrogen station operating rates to improve customer service levels, increase the number of days the stations are open, extend their business hours and develop station infrastructure that is easy to access. The car companies will also raise public awareness about FCVs and hydrogen.

Of course, these measures will ultimately benefit the carmakers. For zero emissions FCVs to gain popularity, creating attractive products is only half of the equation, as hydrogen station infrastructure must exist to support customers. Infrastructure companies face difficulties constructing and operating stations, and revenues are expected to remain low, which is why support is much needed.

Honda FCV Concept

The Japanese government is playing its part, too. In June 2014, it unveiled the Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, which involves subsidising the construction of hydrogen stations and reviewing regulations. In February, Japan decided to partially subsidise hydrogen station operational expenses.

Toyota revealed the production Mirai FCV late last year. Honda, which came up with the ahead of its time FCX Clarity in 2007, has announced plans to bring a new FCV to market before April 2016, while Nissan is planning to get an FCV out as early as 2017.

The carmakers say that this joint support project will continue until FCVs become established in the market and the development of hydrogen station infrastructure is well underway, potentially around year 2020.

Toyota Mirai

Honda FCV Concept

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Great, in Japan all national automakers work together for a single dream.

    Back in Malaysia, we have P2 crying like baby begging P1 not to kacau each other’s market.

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    • Back in Malaysia, everyone expects Gov to gip all these infrastructure.
      When point out other countries are private initiative, u come back say Gov cruel.
      U winliaolor!

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      • Beng P1boy on Jul 01, 2015 at 5:48 pm

        Mean well if you like Japan so much go live there…

        BN never need supporter or Rakyat like you or go to other countries !!!

        BN didahulikan, BN care for Rakyat !!!

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        • Same L0rrrr on Jul 01, 2015 at 6:38 pm

          Sendiri Cakap Sendiri Syok. You love BN so much, you won’t get free Proton also.

          BN only care tax submission only, it is all about money!

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          • Albert on Jul 01, 2015 at 7:35 pm

            Sushi cars going fast and furious on hydrogen tech.
            Proton is still trying to rebadge an outdated Suzuki.Even Paul walker is amazed,if he is alive today.
            But shambolic protong has run out of ideas after the massive failure of Iriz.

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          • taknakToyota on Jul 01, 2015 at 11:28 pm

            Learn the power of capital. But of course you didn’t get free Toyota Camry if you badmouth p1, LOL

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          • vecko on Jul 02, 2015 at 7:55 am

            Got more Iriz on road than the so called “new” Myvi with those DRL

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  • DPCraft on Jul 01, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Whoa the new Honda FCV will sure make people turn heads on the road

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