The automakers have not yet announced specific plans for the project, but said they would look at taking on a portion of expenses involved in operating hydrogen stations to help the government and infrastructure companies expand hydrogen fueling efforts. The automakers are also working to achieve goals outlined last year by the Japanese government, which will offer subsidies for installing and operating hydrogen fuel stations.
All three automakers have been involved in fuel-cell technology for some time. Honda first introduced the FCX Clarity to lessees for the 2008 model year, before introducing a new fuel-cell concept at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. Meanwhile, Toyota just debuted the 2016 Mirai that will arrive in showrooms this fall. Nissan brought out a Terra FCEV concept at the 2012 Paris motor show, but we’ve yet to see a production model from the automaker come our way.
Hyundai has also made significant progress in this hydrogen fuel-cell space. It was the first automaker to a bring out a production crossover when it unleashed the Tucson Fuel Cell in select dealerships in Southern California.