Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost

| Nov 5, 2015

Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost

Japan has lofty ambitions to become a “hydrogen society” where homes and fuel-cell cars are powered by the emissions-free energy source. However, observers say price and convenience are keeping the plan from taking off, while critics point out that the gas is not as ...

Sep 21, 2015

Eco-car subsidies to be scaled back in FY 2016

The industry ministry plans to scale down the existing subsidy program for purchases of eco-friendly vehicles from fiscal 2016, as such vehicles have become relatively common and prices have dropped, ministry officials said last week. In its fiscal 2016 budget request, the ministry asked ...

Jul 2, 2015

Top automakers pony up ¥6 billion for hydrogen stations in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. will together spend around ¥5 billion to ¥6 billion over the next five years to help build hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles in Japan. The financial assistance, designed to partially cover the operating expenses ...

Output of Mirai fuel cell car to quadruple by 2017: Toyota

Jan 22, 2015

Output of Mirai fuel cell car to quadruple by 2017: Toyota

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday that production of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle will be more than quadrupled to 3,000 vehicles in 2017 to meet stronger-than-expected demand since the world’s first mass-market hydrogen car debuted in Japan last month. Toyota, which hung onto its ...

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

Jan 15, 2015

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

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Industries are increasingly pressing pushing for the adoption of hydrogen fuel technology because they sense potential market opportunities worldwide. But problems abound, including the comparatively high cost of fuel-cell vehicles and the need for specialized hydrogen fuel stations. Also unresolved is how to generate, ...

Toyota's hydrogen-powered Mirai goes on sale in Japan

Dec 15, 2014

Toyota's hydrogen-powered Mirai goes on sale in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday became the world’s first automaker to begin selling a hydrogen-powered vehicle, by offering its eco-friendly Mirai model to consumers in Japan. The fuel-cell vehicle, unveiled earlier this year, will hit the U.S. and European markets around next summer. The ...