New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is joined by the head of Toyota NZ Neeraj Lala in Tokyo today (21st April) at the launching of an innovative hydrogen-powered car-sharing scheme in Auckland, New Zealand.
The scheme will feature the Toyota Mirai – which uses zero-emission fuel cell technology – in partnership with eight major New Zealand companies.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “We need to significantly transform our economy to get there, and Japan is a natural partner for us to achieve that in areas like geothermal energy and transport.”
New Zealand Government is already supporting the roll-out of a series of refuelling stations to be used by heavy freight hydrogen trucks through $20 million from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
These hydrogen-refuelling stations will begin to appear in the North Island later this year, built by New Zealand company Hiringa and Japanese partner Mitsui & Co.
Hydrogen infrastructure is also being developed in New Zealand by Japan’s Obayashi Corporation, which in partnership with Tuaropaki Trust opened New Zealand’s first-ever green hydrogen power plant. Obayashi’s investment in New Zealand’s hydrogen sector continues to grow through a partnership with Ports of Auckland to develop a green hydrogen production facility and refuelling infrastructure.
The Prime Minister is in Tokyo on the second leg of a Trade Mission to Singapore and Japan to rebuild their in-person relationships following the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.