Honda Motor Co Ltd will start operation of taxis using its "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) on a trial basis in July.
The period of the test operation is planned to be three years. This project is aimed at expanding the application of FCVs, which are currently used only for government and municipal offices. Also, driving data, etc obtained through the test operation will be used for research and development for improving FCV performance.
Honda will conduct the test with help from Teito Motor Transportation Co Ltd, Sendai Taxi in Miyagi Prefecture, Omiya Jidosha in Saitama Prefecture and Hino Traffic Co Ltd in Yokohama.
Honda will lease two vehicles to each of Teito Motor Transportation and Sendai Taxi and one vehicle to each of Omiya Jidosha and Hino Traffic. The four taxi companies will use the FCVs for commercial purpose.
The FCV can travel about 750 km per charge, and it takes about three minutes to fill the vehicle with hydrogen. It is a sedan-type FCV with five seats.
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