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Japanese government to make fuel-cell cars the official vehicle for all ministries

Kyodo

The Abe administration has instructed all ministries and other offices to introduce fuel-cell cars as official vehicles, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.

The administration is also mulling a subsidy program to help promote the next-generation green car, Suga said.

Fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs), powered by electricity generated through the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, emit no carbon dioxide.

Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to start selling a sedan FCV in Japan by next March, which would make it the world’s first automaker to begin commercial sales.

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday that 2015 will “mark the first year of FCVs,” adding that his ministry is willing to promote them.