15 hydrogen-based fuel cell buses will be used to assess the potential for development of hydrogen-based fuel-cell technology in India.
Hydrogen Fuel Bus
The country’s well-known vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors has informed that it has received a tender from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for 15 hydrogen-based fuel cell buses. IOCL had invited bids for the supply of hydrogen fuel cell buses in December last year, in which Tata Motors was selected. The delivery of all these 15 buses will be within 144 weeks from the date of signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Apart from supplying buses to IOCL’s Research and Development Centre, Tata Motors will work closely with them to initiate research and development projects and study the potential of fuel cell technology for commercial vehicles. For this, both the entities will test, maintain and operate these buses for public transport in real-world condition in Delhi-NCR. These buses will be refueled with hydrogen to be manufactured and distributed by IOCL.
Indian Oil Chairman S. M. Vaidya said that IndianOil has been at the forefront of national efforts to move forward in the hydrogen economy for various applications including transportation. This first of its kind project in the country is merging the country’s largest fuel supplier and largest commercial vehicle manufacturer to take hydrogen and fuel cell technology to the next level. This initiative will also be important for various other flagship programs of IndianOil, which propose to introduce hydrogen-based transport on various well-known routes and important areas of the country. These forward-looking steps are moving in the right direction to make hydrogen a true net-zero fuel.
Speaking on the occasion, Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We are delighted to win this prestigious tender from IOCL, as it marks Tata Motors’s endeavor to introduce future ready technologies for cleaner and greener public transport. associated with heritage. We have successfully supplied 215 EV buses under FAME 1 and placed orders for 600 EV buses under FAME 2. This order for supply of PEM fuel cell buses from a respected company like Indian Oil Corporation encourages our ongoing efforts to develop alternative sustainable fuels with an India focus to transform the future of transportation in India.
IndianOil’s Director (R&D), Dr. SSV Ramakumar said that IndianOil is committed to strengthen the production and supply chain of hydrogen energy in India through state-of-the-art R&D. We will be working closely with Tata Motors for fuel cell research and setting up pilot plants to produce about 1 tonne of hydrogen per day based on 4 innovative methods.
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