The Japanese manufacturers Honda, Nissan and Toyota have joined forces to speed-up the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for the fuel-cell vehicles. The specific roles of each of these companies will be determined later.
It is now believed that to create a demand for FCVs there must not only be attractive and more practical designs and solutions but there is also a need for hydrogen station infrastructure development. The companies that are given the task to build and run hydrogen stations argue that why should they invest in building these stations when FCVs are not yet common on the roads.
So in-order to move faster towards a hydrogen society which all these companies and the consumer wants, FCV production and the building of hydrogen stations have to be simultaneously sped-up. The Japanese government realizes this in it’s Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2014 and will offer subsidies for installation of hydrogen stations. The government will also be introducing favourable policies that promote demand for FCVs and will partly subsidize operating costs of hydrogen stations.
The three Japanese manufacturers recognize the need for promotion of FCVs and the ability to refuel them easily. The manufacturers will help the government to meet the goals of the abovementioned Road Map and only then the source of government’s subsidies support programme will be created. Serious thinking will go into some matters of grave importance such as underwriting a portion of the operating costs of hydrogen stations.
All these actions will definitely pick-up the pace by which the FCVs will reach the end consumer and hence we will finally be able to have a solid alternative to gasoline and bringing peace to our minds about global warming.