Pioneering Decarbonised Transport for a Greener Future of India

Tata Motors, the pioneer of the Indian automobile industry, took a significant step towards a sustainable future through decarbonised transport by delivering the first Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered (FCEV) buses to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), the leading petroleum company.

The inauguration ceremony, illustrating a new era in fully decarbonised transport, flagged off two buses by prominent dignitaries Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Honourable Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs, and Shri Rameswar Teli, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labour & Employment.

Transforming public transport with green mobility

Mr Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors, emphasised the joint effort behind this milestone. “This is the result of progressive policies of the government serving forward readiness and power of Tata Motors R&D.

We are grateful for the trust and support of our members. The delivery of the FCEV buses marks a significant step towards clean and green mobility in India.

“At Tata Motors, we prioritise nation-building and leading the global megatrend of sustainable, connected and safer mobility.

“These buses herald a new era in inter-city mass public transport and fulfil the aspiration of sustainable mobility,” stated Mr Wagh.

Innovative technology for future-ready transport solutions

Tata Motors secured a tender from IOCL to deliver 15 FCEV buses evaluating the potential of hydrogen PEM fuel-cell technology in India.

These buses, manufactured at Tata Motors R&D centre in Pune, are designed with a low floor for easy ingress and egress, seating 35 passengers and underwent rigorous road tests and validations to ensure their reliability.

Mr Rajendra Petkar, President & Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, articulated the technological advancements of these buses.

Mr Petkar expressed, “Tata Motors is proud to deliver zero-emission fuel cell powered buses to IOCL.

This milestone harnesses the strong potential of hydrogen as an energy carrier, advancing the hydrogen economy in the transport sector.

“The bus features a 350-bar hydrogen storage system, 70 KW fuel cell stack, electronic braking system, stability control for higher safety, intelligent transport system, and new-generation telematics for efficient maintenance and tracking.”

He also emphasised Tata’s commitment to carbon neutrality and ongoing collaboration with IOCL to advance PEM fuel cell technology.

A commitment to sustainable innovation

Tata Motors is invariably in the front position in fuel innovation technologies with alternative mobility solutions and R&D facilities making constant and off-the-wall green innovation and mobility powered by battery-electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG, hydrogen ICE, and Hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

Tata Motors’ demonstration of hydrogen buses operation is proof of preparation of its leadership in developing green transport means supporting the Indian vision of a green and clean transport sector.