Japanese And Korean Carmakers Jointly Promote Fuel Cell Vehicles

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
japanese and korean carmakers jointly promote fuel cell vehicles

Pretty much most of the world’s large automakers plan a commercial launch of fuel cell vehicles in 2015, Hyundai even earlier. One of the hot spots could be Scandinavia. At the end of a month-long hydrogen-powered tour through Europe, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Hyundai signed an agreement to jointly promote fuel cell vehicles in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides mostly for moral and promotional support and is hoped to be “a catalyst to begin a dialogue between public and private stakeholders in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark on securing relevant financing and support mechanisms for accelerating market introduction of FCEVs.” What is interesting is that the three Japanese majors are doing something together, and that they are bringing the Korean juggernaut Hyundai on board.

Japanese makers have big hopes for fuel cell technology. Mitsuhiro Ueno, head of Honda R&D Europe called the fuel cell vehicle “the ultimate green mobility.” FCVs don’t have the drawbacks of pure EVs, namely limited range and long charge time. What is holding them back are price and infrastructure.

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  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Oct 11, 2012

    NMGO: You are a piece of work. Of course fuel cell powered vehicles are technically possible, however, there is no conceivable state of this planet in which they will be an economically viable form of mass transportation. You need to read Derek's essay on the futility of being a fan boy: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/qotd-the-futility-of-being-a-fanboy/

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    • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Oct 12, 2012

      @NMGOM Mongo: You are a technology fan boy. Now run along and play.

  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Oct 12, 2012

    Gentlemen: Please conduct your discussions with the proper decorum, at the very least without name calling. Consider this as a warning. Please consult the FAQ: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/faqs/

    • NMGOM NMGOM on Oct 12, 2012

      Bertel... I apologize if I have offended anyone. --------

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