New Delhi: In a first, India’s largest energy conglomerate, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC Ltd) is planning to start a premium hydrogen fuel bus service on Delhi to Jaipur route. This will be the first FCEV bus service used for intercity commute.
Green mobility is gaining momentum in the country and apart from establishing a complete EV supporting infrastructure, the Indian government is now also planning more options towards alternative fuels in order to reduce dependence on traditional fuels. While electric cars and taxis are been promoted heavily by the government, it is now also conducting a feasibility study on hydrogen fuel buses.
Recently, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Power Minister R K Singh launched the “Go Electric” Campaign to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India. During the event, it was announced that NTPC is planning to start a premium hydrogen fuel bus service on Delhi to Jaipur route. However, no specific timeline has been provided for when the service would be started.
The government plans to invite bids for green hydrogen projects in the next four to five months, Singh added. “We are going to go in for green hydrogen bids in another four-five months. We’ve already had discussions with the relevant ministries” Singh said.
Previously, similar bus services were seen testing in metro cities like Mumbai. In 2018, Tata Motors, in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation, flagged off the country’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.