Fuel-cell vehicles took a short drive closer to the garage on Wednesday with the opening of a showroom and filling station for experimental FCVs in Yokohama's Tsurumi Ward.

The home base, part of the three-year Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project, will help the five automakers involved collect data on performance and environmental impact.

The five carmakers are Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., German-American auto giant DaimlerChrysler AG and General Motors Corp. of the United States.