Japanese automakers are betting on their choice for the ultimate eco-friendly cars, fuel cell vehicles. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have teamed up with energy companies to build a network of hydrogen fueling stations.
The 11 companies set up a new entity, Japan H2 Mobility. The plan is to build additional 80 hydrogen stations across Japan over the next 4 years with investment from banks covering some of the costs.
A fuel cell vehicle uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate the electricity that powers its motor.
The byproduct of the process is only water.
Toyota and Honda already have models available for purchase or lease, but they have yet to catch on.
One issue is the price tag, around 65 thousand dollars.
Another problem is a shortage of hydrogen stations, currently with less than 100 across the country.
in NHK World - https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180305_34/