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Japan Aims to Build 160 Hydrogen Stations by 2020

By February 22, 2019 2   min read  (163 words)

February 22, 2019 |

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TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan is trying to set up unmanned hydrogen charging stations for fuel-cell vehicles before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, a draft government plan showed Thursday.

JX Nippon Eneos Hydrogen StationThe government is hoping to showcase Japan’s clean technology when it is expected to come under the international spotlight during the Summer Games. It is planning to formally approve a road map aimed at promoting the use of hydrogen by the end of March, a source familiar with the matter said.

The government has a target of building hydrogen fueling stations at about 160 locations by fiscal 2020, according to a copy of the draft seen by Kyodo News.

The government is aiming to double that number by the fiscal year ending in March 2026, when it is hoping to see around 200,000 fuel-cell vehicles being driven across the country.

Hydrogen, a zero-emission fuel, has been regarded as a promising alternative energy source. At present, there are only about 3,000 fuel-cell vehicles on the streets of Japan.

 

Source: Kyodo News

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