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GM Launches Japan’s First Commercial Fuel Cell Vehicle

July 14, 2003

General Motors and FedEx Corp. announced on July 9 that the delivery company will operate GM’s HydroGen3 vehicles on its routes in Tokyo. This marks the first approval of a fuel-cell vehicle for commercial use in Japan. The deployment of the fuel cell vehicles is part of the Japanese government’s initiative to explore the viability of fuel cell vehicles. While Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. were the first to put the no-emission vehicles on the road last year, they have only been leased to ministries and other public agencies. Both GM and FedEx issued a statement which said that the first commercial use of a fuel cell vehicle, which runs on hydrogen and emits water as its only exhaust, has huge implications for the future. Liquid hydrogen stored on board gives the HydroGen3 a range of 250 miles before it requires refueling.
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