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Fuel cells to receive boost with pledge of 10m vehicles

Global ministers meeting will focus on ways to increase the technology's use

Toyota released the first mass-produced fuel cell automobile, the Mirai, in 2014. But because of high costs, the technology has been slow to catch on.

TOKYO -- An international conference on fuel cells that is scheduled to open here Wednesday is set to call for powering 10 million vehicles -- including trains, planes and automobiles -- with the environmentally friendly technology in 10 years, Nikkei has learned.

Currently, only around 10,000 vehicles around the world run on fuel cells, which use hydrogen to produce electricity without emitting Earth-warming carbon dioxide.

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