If China is strongly committed to electric cars as a solution to their problems of contamination with strong incentives to sales Japan rather opt for more subsidies apply hydrogen car, to cut the price of the first model of Toyota fuel cell and equating the cheapest in the Lexus range.
Because the province where he has his Toyota, Aichi headquarters, has announced that it will join the incentives to acquire hydrogen cars central government, which together will have one of these vehicles for a price about 40% lower the market.
Aichi subsidize each fuel cell car with more than 7,000 euros, which added nearly 15,000 to be provided by the Japanese central government results in a significant discount on the price of these vehicles.
Total incentives to purchase cars and hydrogen represent more than triple those enjoyed today customers who opt for electric cars, which in the case of a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, no less than 7,000 euros in most prefectures always handled according to Bloomberg data.
And so that aid could reduce the price of the first car Toyota fuel cell by 40 percent over the estimated official, equivalent to 50,000 euros in Japan. Thus, driving a hydrogen-powered would cost almost like a Lexus CT car, cheap car entry-level model.
Hydrogen vs. electricity
What this shows is that, in the veiled confrontation between electric cars and hydrogen, Japan has chosen the side of the latter, while China and the United States appear to have been positioned on the side of the former. Furthermore, this duality is also seen in the leading brands: while the segment of electric is led by companies like Renault-Nissan, BMW and Tesla, that of hydrogen is championed by Toyota, will start selling its FCV in the spring of 2015, competing with the Hyundai ix35 FCEV and Korean.
Toyota sees clearly the future of zero-emission mobility in the fuel cell and, in fact, has already expressly renounces the development of electric cars to focus those resources on improving the technology of hydrogen vehicles.
From the brand ensure that fuel cell cars are zero emissions option more attractive to consumers than electric vehicles, since their greater autonomy and less recharge time will equate competitiveness with gasoline cars.
And it seems that the Administration is willing to secundarles Japan: “The fuel cell is one of the few frontiers in which Japan can lead the market,” notes the analyst of Jefferies Group Pham Thanh Ha “Obviously, any new technology requires government support to become popular, “adds