(Yicai Global) April 19 -- Japan's Toyota Motor Corporation will start testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Toyota Mirai, in China in October this year. The move is part of the company's efforts to explore the feasibility of selling the hydrogen fuel powered vehicles in China.
Toyota China business director Hiroji Onishi said the company also plans to build hydrogen fuel stations in Changshu, Suzhou, Jiangsu province, to coincide with the testing period, Reuters news agency reported today.
Mirai, which means 'future" in Japanese, is a four-seated car. The car was first debuted in 2014, with 300 miles 'per tank' capacity. It is Toyota's first fuel cell vehicle for mass market.
Toyota hopes to test the performance of the car in China as well as the quality of locally available hydrogen, said Onishi. He also confirmed that Toyota will begin selling plug-in hybrids in China next year, with the goal of selling all-electric vehicles in the Chinese market, but did not disclose the time frame of the company's plan.