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Fuel cell cars in for a lift as Japan looks to expand infrastructure

Toyota and energy companies lead effort to beef up hydrogen refueling network

The effort aims to almost double the current number of hydrogen stations.

TOKYO -- Japan aims to have 80 new hydrogen refueling stations in place by fiscal 2021 under a government-backed effort that includes the country's largest automakers and energy groups.

Eleven companies including Toyota Motor and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy jointly founded Japan H2 Mobility and aim to nearly double the nation's count of 92 hydrogen stations. The goal is to give long-range fuel cell vehicles a leg up on electric ones, which hold a significant lead among low-emission technologies.

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