The car has been developed by the Pune based Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and KPIT. The trial has been done on a battery-electric passenger car platform to which the fuel cell stack has been added.
The country’s first hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) car has been successfully tested. The car has been developed by the Pune-based Multinational Corporation (MNC) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and KPIT. The vehicle fuel cell is a low-temperature proton exchange membrane (PEM) type of fuel cell that operates at 65–75 ° C. It is suitable for driving vehicles.
Bus, truck benefit from this technology
CSIR and KPIT have successfully built 10 kWe automotive-grade LT-PEMFC. The trial has been done on a battery-electric passenger car platform to which a fuel cell stack has been added. However, it is believed that this technology is more suitable for commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks.
Battery Electric bus/truck requires larger batteries to achieve the required operating range. In comparison, HFC technology requires a smaller battery for greater operating range. Therefore HFC technology seems to be more promising CV segment. This fuel cell vehicle has a Type 3 commercial hydrogen tank.
Range up to 250km
It has a capacity to store around 1.75 kg of H2 at 350 bar pressure, this car can cover a distance of 250 km at a speed of 60-65 km / h on the Indian road. This entire fuel cell stack and the connected equipment of the power train have been traditionally added to the 5 seater sedan.
Will help reduce pollution
Ravi Pandit, Chairman, KPIT, said that this technology has a much better future and due to its own development, it is going to be commercially good. This is going to be a very important technology for India which will reduce pollution and reduce the import of fossil fuel.