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The Japanese government is investing millions to create an eco-friendly "hydrogen society" by 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics
Quelle:: DPA, Institute of Engineering and Technology, and Gas2
Honda will unveil its first hydrogen car, called Clarity Fuel Cell, at this year's Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, opening today, 30 October. The eco-friendly vehicle is Japan's second mass-produced "affordable" hydrogen car, right behind Toyota's Mirai.
Following in their footsteps, automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi are also planning to release hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FVSs) in the coming years.
With market leader Volkswagen's recent emissions scandal and their first quarterly loss in at least 15 years, the eco-friendly sector of the international automotive market is up for grabs.
Now Japanese companies are under pressure to deliver environmental excellence, with hydrogen expected to have a much rosier future than diesel.
Hydrogen cars's main advantage against electric cars, the other eco-conscious alternative, is their much larger distance per charge range of up to 650 kilometres. However, the lack of relevant hydrogen infrastructure and the high cost of FVSs call for generous investments.
Luckily, with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaching, the Japanese government is eager to offer subsidies for manufacturers, tax breaks for buyers, and has already commenced the costly construction of the "hydrogen highway" – a network of hydrogen fueling stations across Japan.