Japanese Gov't Wants 50,000 Fuel Cell Cars on the Road by 2010.

Koizumi government to spend Y4 billion (US$31.8 millon) to boost production of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Published: 31-Jan-2002

Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced late in 2001 that Japan aims to have 50,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2010/11.

Extensive fuel cell road testing by leading Japanese automakers and big Western makers such as General Motors and DaimlerChrysler will get underway in 2002, METI said, as part of the Koizumi government's policy to boost use of environmentally friendly vehicles. The Ministry will pour up to Y4 billion (US$31.8 million) of taxpayers' money into the program.

Together with the Transport Ministry and the Environment Ministry, METI also announced a target to increase the use of super-low pollution conventionally powered vehicles, hybrids and fuel cell cars from the current level of 630,000 to 10 million in fiscal 2010.



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