FCCJ Establishes Scenario for Fuel Cell Vehicle and Hydrogen Station Commercialization in Japan Beginning in 2015
7 July 2008
Leading automakers in and outside Japan and Japanese energy companies have agreed on a scenario which sees commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and hydrogen stations beginning in Japan in 2015.
Beginning in late 2006, the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan (FCCJ), under the leadership of major member companies on its board of directors, held repeated consultations on scenarios for full-scale commercialization of FCVs and development of hydrogen stations.
These consultations led to the agreement on a timeline and the requirements for commercialization of FCVs and hydrogen stations starting in 2015.
Major member companies of the FCCJ board (in alphabetical order) are: Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.; General Motors Asia Pacific (Japan) Ltd.; Honda Motor
Co., Ltd.; Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.; Japan Energy Corporation; Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd.; Nippon Oil Corporation; Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.;
Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.; Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.; Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.; and Toyota Motor Corporation.
Based on FCCJ suggestions, demonstration tests with approximately 120 fuel cell vehicles have been conducted in Japan as part of the Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project, which commenced in 2002.
In addition, there are twelve hydrogen stations already in operation focused in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The agreed-on scenario envisions FCVs beginning to be in daily use by general users around 2015.
Automakers and energy suppliers will further accelerate their initiatives for durability and reliability improvement and cost reduction on vehicles and hydrogen stations, respectively.