Union Minister Jitendra Singh Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Developed By CSIR And KPIT In Pune

A file photo of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

On Sunday, Union Minister Jitendra Singh launched a hydrogen fuel cell bus that was developed in India by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and KPIT Limited in Pune.

On the occasion, the Union Minister of Science and Technology stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Hydrogen Vision” aims to make India “atmanirbhar”, (self-reliant), on clean energy, meet climate goals, as well as create jobs in the sector.

Singh stated that the fuel cell uses hydrogen and air to produce electricity, which is the only effluent of the bus’s power.

The release said that a single diesel bus travelling long distances typically emits 100 tonnes of CO2 per year. There are more than a million of these buses in India.

He said that the operational cost of hydrogen fuel cell trucks is lower than those made from diesel, which could lead to a revolution in freight delivery.

“Approximately 12-14% of CO2 emissions are caused by diesel-powered heavy vehicles.┬áHe said that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a great way to reduce on-road emissions from this sector.

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