Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle player and leading bus manufacturer, said that it has won a tender from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited for 15 hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell buses, reaffirming its commitment to sustainable mobility (IOCL). In December 2020, IOCL requested proposals for the supply of PEM fuel cell buses, and Tata Motors was chosen as the winner after a thorough evaluation procedure. All 15 buses will be delivered within 144 weeks from the date of signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Tata Motors will not only supply the buses to IOCL’s Research & Development Centre, but will also collaborate with them on R&D initiatives and jointly investigate the possibilities of Fuel Cell technology for commercial vehicles. This will be accomplished by collaboratively testing, repairing, and running public transportation buses in Delhi-NCR under real-world situations. The buses will run on hydrogen, which will be produced and distributed by IOCL.
Sh. S.M.Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, stated that IndianOil has been pioneering the national efforts towards ushering in the hydrogen economy for various applications, including mobility. This 1st of its kind project in the country is bringing the country’s largest fuel supplier and largest commercial vehicle manufacturer on board to take the hydrogen & fuel cell technology to the next level. This initiative would also act as a stepping stone for various other key programs of IndianOil, which proposes to introduce hydrogen-based mobility on different iconic routes and important sectors in the country. These futuristic steps are in the right direction for making hydrogen as the ultimate net-zero fuel.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We are delighted to win this prestigious tender from IOCL for it adds to Tata Motors’ rich legacy of introducing future ready technologies for cleaner and greener public transport. We have successfully supplied 215 EV buses under FAME I and won orders for 600 EV buses under FAME II. This order to supply PEM Fuel Cell buses from a company as respected as Indian Oil Corporation, further encourages our ongoing efforts on developing India-focused alternative sustainable fuels to transform the future of mobility in India.“
Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Director (R&D), IndianOil while congratulating Tata Motors Ltd., mentioned that lot of hard work has been put in by the IndianOil R&D team towards conceiving, planning and executing this joint developmental cum demonstration program with a strong support from Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. IndianOil through cutting edge R&D, is committed to strengthen the production and supply chain of hydrogen energy in India and would be setting up ~1 ton per day hydrogen production pilot plants based on 4 innovative pathways besides collaborating with Tata Motors for fuel cell research.
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