From July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will receive applications requesting support to development hydrogen refueling stations in Japan. Earlier this year, the automotive trio have agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure. The joint project (conducted alongside the Japanese government’s support for hydrogen stations) will partially cover hydrogen station operating expenses incurred by infrastructure companies.
Furthermore project partners will jointly raise awareness regarding these support measures, in order to encourage new companies to enter the hydrogen supply business. Financial assistance will be provided through the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology* (HySUT), which is setting up a project to stimulate demand for FCVs.
The scope of support includes:
- Covering operational expenses (personnel, refurbishment, etc.) for hydrogen stations selected through the Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center (NeV) ‘s new project to support activities aiming to stimulate demand for FCVs
- One third of the expenses defined by the NeV Project; annual support limit of 11 million yen per station
Furthermore, to help popularize FCVs by creating a reliable hydrogen fueling environment and ensuring peace of mind for FCV owners, the three automakers will work with infrastructure companies to take the following steps:
- Using information such as customer needs and hydrogen station operating rates to improve customer service levels
- Improving the convenience of hydrogen stations by increasing the number of days they are open, extending their business hours, enhancing and providing operational information, and developing hydrogen station infrastructure that is easy to access
- Raising public awareness about FCVs and hydrogen