India’s first indigenous hydrogen fuel cell bus unveiled in Pune

Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh today unveiled India’s first indigenous hydrogen fuel cell bus developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private firm KPIT Limited, in Pune. The minister further emphasized on how PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Hydrogen Vision’ aims to make the country “Atmanirbhar” (self-reliant) on clean energy, meet climate change goals and create jobs in the sector.

A release quoted Singh as saying that the fuel cell uses hydrogen and air to generate electricity to power the bus, whose only flow is water, making it possibly the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Is.

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For comparison, a diesel bus plying on long distance routes typically emits 100 tonnes of CO2 annually and there are over one million such buses in India, the release said. He said that the operating cost of hydrogen fuel cell trucks is less as compared to trucks running on diesel and this can revolutionize freight movement in the country.

“About 12-14 percent of CO2 emissions come from diesel-powered heavy vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles provide an excellent means to eliminate emissions on the road in this region,” he said.

(with inputs from PTI)