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2017-04-27 09:48 出自 leon zhao

Japan Is Planning for 200,000 Hydrogen Carsby 2025

They’re going long on fuel cell vehicles.



As EVs slowly enter the mainstream, Japanplans to skip ahead to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as theenvironmentally-friendly conveyance of the future. The Japanese government isworking in cooperation its the auto industry crafting a plan to put 40,000 hydrogenpowered cars on Japanese roads by 2020, 200,000 by 2025, and 800,000 by 2030.The fleet would be served by an expansive network of 900 fueling stations.



Right now, there are currently about 1,740fuel cell cars in Japan and about 4,000 worldwide. There are three commerciallyavailable hydrogen-powered models—the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, which came outin 2013, the Toyota Mirai, and the Honda Clarity, which was launched in 2016.Japan is currently the largest market for hydrogen vehicles, the US a closesecond, Europe in a distant third, and South Korea trailing in fourth.



Why is Japan pushing hydrogen so much? Notonly is it to reduce emissions in the fight against climate change, but it canalso bring them closer to energy independence. Japan imports almost all of itsoil and hydrogen could be a huge step in reducing dependency on foreign energy.



Asnoble as this goal is and as huge as it would be if they even came close towhat they’re going for, Japan might be putting toomany chips on hydrogen. While other manufacturers in other parts of the worldare still tinkering with hydrogen power, it’s mostly just a Japanthing right now.



Unless Japan can pull off a majorbreakthrough and convince the rest of the industry that hydrogen is the future,this plan could be a very expensive dead end. It took Toyota - the king ofhybrids - nine years to sell 500,000 hybrids worldwide, and those are cars thatalready have a large global network of fuelling stations. 800,000 fuel cellcars in just thirteen years is awfully ambitious.