On Friday, 07/25/2014, in Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga had stated that all official vehicles at the various ministries must be fuel cell vehicles. The government is also discussing subsidies to help promote the introduction of commercial fuel cell vehicles in that country.
According to 4-Traders, “Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to start selling a sedan-style FCV in Japan by March 2015, likely becoming the world’s first automaker to begin commercial sales. Other Japanese carmakers such as Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. are also developing such vehicles.
“Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a separate press conference that the year 2015 will ‘mark the first year of FCVs,’ adding that his ministry is willing to introduce them.”
Government support of FCVs is essential in growing the hydrogen car economy. The Japanese government is taking an important step in making sure that the rollout of commercial fuel cell vehicles is a success in that country.