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Fuel Cell Buses by Airport Transport Service between Haneda and Downtown Tokyo - Haneda Hydrogen Station to Open

Fuel Cell Buses by Airport Transport Service between Haneda and Downtown Tokyo - Haneda Hydrogen Station to Open

Limousine Bus's "fuel cell vehicles."

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Chuo Ward, Tokyo-based Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd., which connects travelers between Haneda Airport and downtown Tokyo, will introduce "fuel cell vehicles" using hydrogen fuel starting on December 16.

The buses are part of the Hydrogen Highway Project by the Research Association of Hydrogen Supply/Utilization Technology (HySUT) which is itself a component of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's (METI) Demonstration Program for Establishing a Hydrogen-Based Social System.

The project is a demonstration program to build a hydrogen supply infrastructure and popularize fuel cell vehicles. Participating companies pool their technology and knowledge concerning hydrogen supply and usage and investigate issues such as establishing a stable supply, financial soundness and environmentally compatibility towards commercialization, all with the cooperation of automobile manufacturers.

In conjunction with the December 15 opening of the Haneda Hydrogen Station in Keihinjima, Ohta Ward and the Tokyo Suginami Hydrogen Station that will allow for Japan's first regular operation of fuel cell buses and vehicles on the country's expressways, Airport Transport Service will operate buses on daily round trip runs on its Haneda Airport-Shinjuku Station West Gate Route and its Haneda Airport-Tokyo City Air Terminal Route.

Fuel cell vehicles are highly efficient compared to those with conventional engines and are equipped with technology allowing for massive reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The Narita Hydrogen Station will open in January 2011. Airport Transport Service will expand its use of fuel cell vehicles by operating them between downtown and Narita, while other transport companies will be doing the same at both of the Tokyo-area airports.

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