India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors has delivered hydrogen fuel cell powered (FCEV) buses to Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), the country's largest petroleum company. These hydrogen-powered buses were unveiled and inaugurated by Hon'ble Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Rajendra Petkar, President and Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, along with representatives of the Government of India. New Delhi Government, and Tata Motors.
Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors expressed his gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the Government, the far-sighted vision of IOCL and the research and development capabilities of Tata Motors in pursuing the vision of clean mobility in India. He emphasized Tata Motors' commitment towards sustainable, connected and safe mobility as it contributes to nation building.
Manufactured at Tata Motors' state-of-the-art R&D center in Pune, these hydrogen-powered buses are 12 meters long with a low-floor design and a seating capacity of 35 passengers. They are equipped with 70 kW hydrogen fuel cell technology for propulsion.
Rajendra Petkar, President and Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, highlighted the advanced features of these FCEV buses, including 350-bar hydrogen storage system, 70 kW fuel cell stack, electronic braking system, stability control for enhanced safety, intelligent transportation System is included. New generation telematics and spacious interior for efficient vehicle maintenance and tracking. He emphasized Tata Motors' commitment towards carbon neutrality and mentioned that Tata Motors and IOCL will continue to advance core technology related to PEM fuel cells under their MoU.
Tata Motors has continuously invested in research and development in various alternative fuel technologies including battery-electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG, hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE), and hydrogen fuel cell technologies. This delivery of hydrogen fuel cell powered buses represents a significant step towards eco-friendly mass public transport in India.