Tata Motors has been working on a fuel cell technology demonstrator vehicle project and worked in association with the Government of India as part of the Technology Development and Demonstration Program (TDDP).
Tata Motors has taken significant steps & has been leading in the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles. It collaborated with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) during its system integration, testing, and certification development.
Tata Motors has set up a dedicated lab for this technology in Pune. Before this, the lab was in Bengaluru, where it collaborated with ISRO and the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) to work on the technology.
Tata Motors has also developed its hydrogen handling and onboard storage capability and the associated safety system. This has been done through meticulous design, integration, simulations, testing, and multiple prototypes of this program have undergone various evaluations across the country.
It has built a dedicated hydrogen dispensing station and test track at Sanand to test fuel cell buses.
Last year, Tata Motors was awarded a tender to supply 15 Hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell buses from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). This tender includes a commitment to deliver within 144 weeks from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Mr Rajendra Petkar, President of Tata Motors, said, “We have been systematically researching, developing & evaluating the hydrogen fuel cell technology, while closely working with our strategic partners.”