29 Jul '14, 4pm

Report: Total government incentives in Japan could top $30,000 for hydrogen cars

Subsidies for Zero Emission Vehicles are necessary and smart... but are only smart if "Temporary". $5k - $10k per vehicle is usually a smart subsidy because it can be sustained for a reasonable time (a few years) while automakers can reduce costs enough to cover the "eventuality" of that subsidy going away. $30k... is NOT sustainable beyond a few hundred vehicles (unless to detriment of the economy and political willpower). And when the government can no longer sustain that subsidy.... what happens? The automakers cannot reduce such costs so quickly. (Even a $7500/car cost reduction by the time of expire is something Nissan worked hard to achieve). This is asking for either two things: An implosion of the sub-market, where the lucky elite get a few cheap FCVs and the cost of the taxpayers... but they become rare novelties since the value cannot possibly reflect the true $7...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/29/total-government-inc...

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