Honda Motor Co Ltd announced May 18, 2017, that it will start operation of taxis using its "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) on a trial basis in July 2017.
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 (Chuo-ku, Tokyo), Sendai Taxi (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture), Omiya Jidousya (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture) and Hino Traffic Co Ltd (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture). Honda will lease two vehicles to each of Teito Motor Transportation and Sendai Taxi and one vehicle to each of Omiya Jidousya and Hino Traffic. And the four taxi companies will use the FCVs for commercial purpose.
The FCV can travel about 750km per charge, and it takes about three minutes to fill the vehicle with hydrogen. It is a sedan-type FCV with five seats.