HORIBA, Ltd.'s U.S. Subsidiary Commences an Evaluation Program of a Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

5 mars 2004

HORIBA Ltd.'s U.S. subsidiary HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED(Head office: California; President: Juichi Saito) has recently commenced the evaluation of another Toyota fuel cell hybrid vehicle (FCHV). The FCHV to be evaluated is the second one to be delivered in a program started in 2002 by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. as part of its leasing to the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Horiba Instruments, established in 1973, was Horiba Ltd.'s first overseas subsidiary. With its main office in California, which is one of the leading advocates of regulations for emissions, it is charged with a key role in Horiba's engine measurement business operations. From the 1970s it has delivered vehicle emissions measurement systems to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and to the automotive industry, and is presently pursuing research that uses advanced technologies in a variety of partnerships with public organizations such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and universities. In 2003, HORIBA was awarded a contract from the EPA for its next-generation emissions measurement and trial instruments, which are capable of measuring accurately the emissions of Tier 2 vehicles, which currently satisfy the most stringent emission regulations in the world. HORIBA's participation in the NFCRC evaluation program has come about as a result of recognition of its several decades of experience and achievements.

Horiba Instruments will provide the researchers in the Toyota Motor Sales development team with feedback in the form of impressions and opinions on the performance and other features of these FCHVs from drivers who have tested them in road tests in real conditions, commuting to work and also for their work duties. This evaluation program will help Horiba technicians deepen their understanding of fuel cells, which should in turn help them in development of future leading-edge measurement technologies.

・Comment by Juichi Saito, President of HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED

"This remarkable leasing program has been realized through the goodwill of UCI and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., with whom we have built friendly relationships over many years. I am delighted that our employees can now get a clear vision of the situation in ten years’ time. Governor Schwarzenegger of California has made a public commitment to establish the Hydrogen Highway, a network of hydrogen fuel supply stations throughout the state of California, by 2010. The “smog state” of California is now taking the lead in the promotion of a global hydrogen society and the revival of truly blue skies. I feel strongly that it is the duty of a company that has developed its business in this state to cooperate actively in the realization in the 21st century of a California with the best possible climate and the healthiest and most pleasant living environment. To this end, we will provide all the feedback we can so that this plan can be put into practice as quickly as possible."


Horiba, Ltd.'s first overseas subsidiary, established in Irvine, California as a useful foothold to world markets. Horiba Instruments has contributed to Horiba's 80% market share by manufacturing and marketing vehicle emissions measurement systems to the EPA and automotive manufacturers in the United States, as well as a wide array of countries worldwide, including Canada and countries in Central and South America. Horiba Instruments is the headquarters of all of Horiba's business operations in the United States.

Location: 17671 Armstrong Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614
Established: April 10, 1973
Capital: 7.5 million U.S. dollars
Business operations: Manufacture and marketing of analytical measurement equipment