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Tata Motors Leads the Green Revolution with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses for IOCL

21 Sept 2023

Tata Motors, a pioneering force in the Indian automotive industry, is driving India towards a greener and more sustainable future with the delivery of Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered (FCEV) buses to the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL). This significant milestone marks a giant stride forward in India's pursuit of fully decarbonized long-distance and urban mobility solutions.

A New Era of Decarbonized Transport

The unveiling of two Hydrogen Fuel Cell buses represents a defining moment in India's journey toward fully decarbonized transport. These buses were ceremoniously flagged off by esteemed dignitaries, including Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs, Rameswar Teli, Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labour & Employment, Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, S M Vaidya, Chairman, IOCL, Dr. Umish Srivastva, Executive Director, IOCL, and Rajendra Petkar, President & Chief Technology Officer at Tata Motors. Also present were delegates from the Government of India, Government of New Delhi, and Tata Motors.

A Collaborative Effort for Clean Mobility

Girish Wagh, Executive Director at Tata Motors, emphasized the collaborative efforts between the Government, IOCL, and Tata Motors in driving the adoption of clean mobility solutions. The introduction of these hydrogen fuel cell buses represents a pivotal moment in the sustainable transport landscape, contributing significantly to the nation's progress.

Tata Motors' Commitment to Hydrogen

Tata Motors secured a tender from IOCL in June 2021 to supply 15 FCEV buses, aimed at evaluating the potential of hydrogen-based PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel-cell technology. These 12-meter buses were meticulously designed to ensure easy passenger access and underwent rigorous testing to meet stringent quality standards.

Advancing Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier

Rajendra Petkar, President & Chief Technology Officer at Tata Motors, shed light on the technological innovations embedded in these buses. He emphasized their pivotal role in advancing hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy carrier. These buses not only signify a step forward in sustainable urban mobility but also play a crucial role in shaping a hydrogen-based economy.

As India takes this significant leap towards green and hydrogen-powered transportation, Tata Motors stands at the forefront of this transformative journey, leading the way in clean and sustainable mobility solutions.

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