Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways, on Wednesday, had inaugurated a first of its kind pilot project for Hydrogen-based advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) that will be a huge shift from fossil fuel and towards the conservation of our environment.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. along with International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) initiated this Pilot project to study and evaluate the world’s most advanced FCEV Toyota Mirai which runs on hydrogen, on Indian roads and climatic conditions.
This aims at spreading awareness about Hydrogen, FCEV technology, and disseminating its benefits to support hydrogen-based society for India.
Here is all you need to know about the project:
1. Toyota Kirloskar Motor claims that the Toyota Mirai is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell battery pack and capable of providing a range up to 650 km in a single charge, with a refueling time of five minutes. ‘Mirai’ in Japanese means ‘future’.
2. FCEV, which is powered by hydrogen is among the best zero-emission solutions and is completely environment-friendly with no tailpipe emissions other than water.
3. The Toyota Mirai was launched in 2014, was one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel electric vehicles.
4. Green hydrogen can be generated from renewable energy and abundantly available biomass. Introduction and adoption of technology to tap into the green hydrogen’s potential will play a key role in securing a clean and affordable energy future for India.
5. Toyota Kirloskar Motor & ICAT are conducting a pilot project to study and evaluate the world’s most advanced FCEV Toyota Mirai on Indian roads and climatic conditions.
The statement had noted that green hydrogen offers huge opportunities to decarbonise a range of sectors, including road transportation, and is gaining unprecedented momentum globally. Union Power Minister R K Singh said he has given a target to NTPC to start buses (which will run on hydrogen) from Delhi to Jaipur.
Gadkari said, “Green Hydrogen can be generated from renewable energy and abundantly available biomass. Introduction and adoption of technology to tap into the Green hydrogen’s potential will play a key role in securing a clean and affordable energy future for India.”
“FCEV powered by Hydrogen is one of the best zero-emission solutions. It is completely environment friendly with no tailpipe emissions other than water,” he added.
Green Hydrogen offers huge opportunities to decarbonize a range of sectors including road transportation and is gaining unprecedented momentum globally.