11 companies including the automakers of Toyota, Nissan and Honda, and infrastructure companies including Air Liquide Japan, announced yesterday the constitution of “Japan H2 Mobility”, that aims at developing a network of hydrogen stations to supply  fuel cell vehicles in Japan.
JHyM aims to create a network of 160 hydrogen distribution infrastructures by 2020 to serve 40,000 FC cars and 900 stations to serve around 800,000 cars, buses and forklifts by 2030.

The initiative, promoted by the government of Japan in December, is intended to push the deployment of fuel cell cars, demonstrating that Japan is strongly betting on becoming a “hydrogen society”. Towards 2020, the government aims to halve the cost of building a hydrogen refueling station, which is currently much higher than for a gas station.

The members of JHyM are committed to contribute with capitals, to build hydrogen stations and keep them operational. Car manufacturers will rely on infrastructure developers to operate the stations through JHyM. Investors are expected to contribute financially to the gradual increase of hydrogen stations in the future in Japan.