Carmakers Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai are joining forces to introduce fuel cell vehicles to the market in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
The memorandum of agreement signed by the carmakers and Nordic associations promises to support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles and a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure between 2014 and 2017.
NGOs in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland have signed up to the agreement, along with the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership, and infrastructure companies HyOP, H2 Logic and Copenhagen Hydrogen Network.
Last month, Honda, which has been working on fuel cell R&D since in the mid-1980s, announced plans for a new fuel cell model for the Japanese, US and European markets from 2015.
“In 2002 Honda became the world's first carmaker to put a fuel cell car on the road with regular customers, delivering the Honda FCX to fleet users in the US and Japan. We want to continue to lead the way for fuel cell technology across the world including Europe,” comments Ken Kier, executive vice president of Honda Motor Europe.
For further information:
Fuel cell cars could be cost-competitive by 2050, says Carbon Trust (28-Sept)
Isle of Wight to become UK’s hydrogen fuel test bed (19-Jul)
Germany plans €40 million network of 50 hydrogen stations (28-Jun)
Mercedes-Benz opens fuel cell factory in Canada (28-Jun)
09 October 2012