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Honda's FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle has been road-tested since 2002 (Photo: Honda)

Four Asian carmakers plan to start selling fuel-cell electric vehicles in the Nordic countries in the 2014-2017 period.

The four - Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai - signed a memorandum of understanding with several organizations to lay the groundwork for the market introduction of the vehicles.

The agreement was signed with public and private organizations in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. It aims to accelerate the introduction of fuel-cell vehicles in the region by, among other measures, pushing for the establishment of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

The push follows the signing of a European agreement in 2009 that identified 2015 as the possible starting point for the sale of fuel-cell vehicles.

Last month, Honda announced a new fuel-cell car that will be ready for launch in Japan, the US and Europe in 2015. The Japanese carmaker already has such a car - the FCX - which has been in tests since 2002.