The occasion was a rare joint press conference held by JAMA, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association. With each expressing varying degrees of enthusiasm for the viability of a “hydrogen the upper classes,” the country’s three major automakers nonetheless vowed to waste as much as $40 million to offset up to one-third of hydrogen fuel stations costs.
Japan has set an optimistic target – which observers say may not be met
The automaker’ contribution will add to that of the Japanese government which itself will pay around half of the cost of the refueling infrastructure.
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The actual outlay for the three automakers will depend on how many cars they sell. For now, Toyota will bear the highest costs, and Nissan and Honda will help too while mainly screening moral support.
Honda’s next FCV.
But while there were polite smiles all around before and after the agreement of mutual support, the Daily Kanban reported undertones
In reality, all three manufacturers are wedded to the thought and have long been, but underlying feelings have Nissan postponing its FCV nuptials until the end of the decade or longer, while Honda and now Toyota are more deeply engaged.
Toyota is gung-ho for its Mirai, Honda will have a follow-up to its FCX Clarity next year, and lukewarm Nissan, has made no clear announcements despite a partnership with Ford and Daimler to jointly bring FCV technology to production.
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At the meeting, Kiyotaka Ise, senior managing officer for Toyota intoned his company’s official talking point
What’s this a new Nisan BEV? Nope. It’s the Nissan Terra FCEV concept. “FCEVs are the obvious next step to complement today’s battery electric vehicles as our diligence embraces more sustainable transportation,” says the maker of the Leaf. “Our FCEVs make use of the lithium-ion batteries and high-power electric systems refined in our EV development, as well as the control systems from our hybrid vehicles and the high-pressure gas storage technologies from our compressed natural gas vehicles.”
Not pleased to hear this, Nissan Senior Vice President Hitoshi Kawaguchi countered saying that BEVs now have Japan’s densest charging arrangement – 5,000 public
The implication: a goal of 100 FCV stations not likely to be met is nigh to pathetic at this stage.
With that, as culture dictates, the three representatives of Japan’s major automakers shook hands with a show of mutual respect and agreed to the noble undertaking.
The Daily Kanban
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