TOKYO – Japan H2 Mobility will build 80 hydrogen fueling stations in the country by 2022, increasing the number of such stations nearly twofold, Reuters reports. Japan H2 Mobility was formed by 11 Japanese businesses, including JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and Toyota Motor Corp. The new company aims to drive interest in next-generation fuel technology.
Japan has been focusing on hydrogen as a low-emissions energy source, despite the fuel’s higher costs and technical complications. The government had wanted 100 stations operational by March 2016, a target that wasn’t reached because of few users and the expense to build and operate such stations.
JXTG Nippon Oil operates 40 out of the current 90 hydrogen fueling stations. “We must lower costs, which will remove many of the bottlenecks to developing more stations,” said Yutaka Kuwahara, JXTG Nippon Oil senior vice president. Within two years, the Japanese government hopes to reduce the cost of building hydrogen fueling stations by half, but that price tag will still be much higher than the cost of building a gasoline station.
Japan also wants 40,000 fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) on the roads by March 2021. The country has an ambitious goal of 900 hydrogen fueling stations to service 800,000 FCVs, forklifts and buses by 2030.