Fuel cell vehicles face low demand in Japan

Japan has high hopes for hydrogen mobility - also in the passenger car sector. The Japanese government wants to have 800,000 H2 cars on the country's roads by 2030, but the reality is extremely sobering.

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Similarly to the rest of the globe, hydrogen cars are currently anything but successful in Japan. Sales of hydrogen cars in the island nation have fallen by 83 per cent in the past two years – to just 422 units in 2023. Meanwhile, sales of battery-electric cars in Japan have more than doubled since 2021 – to 43,991 units in 2023.

Well-known hydrogen cars include the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Nexo. They each have a fuel cell and tanks in which gaseous hydrogen is stored at a pressure of 700 bar.



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