Japanese car manufacturers intend to be the lead exporters of hydrogen-powered cars, and have set their sights on providing hydrogen cars for countries across the world.
An announcement by Toyota earlier this year said that it was sharing thousands of patents with other manufacturers. It has also begun deliveries of its ground breaking Mirai fuel cell car, which only emits water as a by-product of the energy produced.
Tokyo already has five hydrogen filling stations, all of which are designed in such a way that they actually create their own hydrogen. However, there are limitations to the technology as the amount of hydrogen that the filling station stores is only enough to fully fill around five cars. Also, it would take two weeks for the filling station’s reserves to be fully replenished again. Designed by Honda, they are meant to be self-sufficient filling stations.
However, with Japan utilising renewable ways of producing the electricity that is necessary to produce hydrogen, it is a completely green way of producing energy for cars.
Toyota has delivered its Mirai to countries across the world, and is thought to be the first mass-produced hydrogen car. The list price does effect the popularity that the Mirai will experience though – coming in at a steep £60,000.
In Japan, hydrogen cars receive a 40 per cent subsidy from the list price, meaning that this type of motoring is more achievable for Japanese drivers, when compared to the lack of discount offered to UK buyers.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
December 4, 2015