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NTPC using hydrogen to power premium intercity buses

Written by Kfir Kedem – February 24, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Indian mobility trends have made the headlines at Auto Trendy recently with startups developing sustainable solutions. Now, the government is also starting initiatives: the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways’ announced the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited’s (NTPC) hydrogen bus.

The bus will be driving on the relatively long route of Delhi-Jaipur, which would be around 270 kilometers. This will be India’s first hydrogen-powered bus to be tested on an intercity route. Once it is tested and validated, the bus would be used for premium-level travel.

Although this is India’s first major effort for green intercity transport, they have already conducted tests with 40,000 battery electric buses driving intracity around Mumbai.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Many Indian startups are focusing on the solution to automotive-related air pollution. It is great to see that the government is taking the sustainability of their vehicles as a concern and supporting efforts of renewable energies. It would be interesting to see news in the future regarding the result of the test and to see if India will start implementing hydrogen buses around all of its major intercity routes.

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