This is a story that has slipped under the radar of most mainstream news outlets and there are very few details about this event. But, Toyota, Nissan and Honda have decided that today they will take their fuel cell cars on a 1,100 kilometer (683 miles) fun run.
The cars will leave Toyko and travel to Fukuoka and will demonstrate that their refueling range is similar that or exceed that of gasoline-powered cars. The cars participating in this run will be the Honda FCX Clarity, Toyota FCHV-adv, and Nissan X-Trail FCV.
The Japanese fuel cell fun run started today after senior government officials and Toyota, Nissan and Honda executives held a ceremony at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo to mark the occasion.
The fuel cell vehicles have hit the roadways today and are expected at the Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture on Thursday. Over the two-day journey the hydrogen cars will refuel twice and the drivers will stay overnight in Osaka.
I’ve talked about the Japanese Hydrogen Highway before and especially the expansion of Japan’s hydrogen highway system. This event will help promote and prove to the Japanese people that the future of hydrogen cars is very, very close.