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Scandinavians plan for hydrogen fuel-cell cars

Several northern European countries have signed a memorandum of understanding with Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai, to work towards the development of fuel cell vehicles and installing a hydrogen infrastructure, Ingram writes.

By Antony IngramGuest blogger / October 25, 2012

A Honda FCX Clarity and Honda's next generation solar hydrogen refueling station prototype are pictured at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles in this March 2010 file photo. Honda and other companies have pledged to develop fuel cell vehicles and a hydrogen infrastructure in northern Europe, Ingram writes.

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Nordic countries have consistently proven to be at the forefront of electric car and alternative fuel adoption, and now look set to take the lead with fuel cell vehicles too.

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Several northern European countries have signed a memorandum of understanding with Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai, to work towards the development of fuel cell vehicles and installing a hydrogen infrastructure.

As reported by Wards Auto, companies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland are committing to a hydrogen-fueling infrastructure between 2014-2017. The Nordic countries join Germany in its promise to expand its hydrogen network.

In addition, the carmakers involved will now have greater confidence that their products will have a market.

The agreement coincides with a Honda announcement that it will produce an all-new fuel-cell electric vehicle, set to be launched in 2015.  The Japanese carmaker is one of very few companies currently running trials with a production fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity.

Ken Kier, executive vice-president of Honda Europe, says "We want to continue to lead the way for fuel-cell technology across the world... [the memorandum] signifies that commitment."

The memorandum of understanding also adds to a previous agreement that set 2015 as a date for market introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles--into markets where a refueling infrastructure was in place.

All that should mean that fuel cell cars could soon be as popular as their battery electric counterparts in northern Europe.

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