New Delhi: Tata Motors on Wednesday received an order for 15 hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell buses from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). IOCL had invited bids for the supply of PEM fuel cell buses in December 2020, and Tata Motors was selected as the winner after an evaluation process.
All 15 buses will be delivered within 144 weeks from the date of signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the automaker said in a release.
Girish Wagh, president of, commercial vehicle business unit, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to win this prestigious tender from IOCL for it adds to Tata Motors’ rich legacy of introducing future-ready technologies for cleaner and greener public transport. We have successfully supplied 215 EV buses under FAME I and won orders for 600 EV buses under FAME II. This order to supply PEM fuel cell buses from Indian Oil Corporation further encourages our ongoing efforts on developing India-focused alternative sustainable fuels to transform the future of mobility in India.”
In addition to supplying the buses to the Research & Development Centre of IOCL, Tata Motors will also collaborate with them to undertake R&D projects and collectively study further the potential of Fuel Cell technology for commercial vehicles, the automaker said.
According to the company, this will be done by jointly testing, maintaining and operating these buses for public transport in real-world conditions in Delhi-NCR. The buses will be refuelled by hydrogen, generated and dispensed by IOCL.
S M Vaidya, chairman, IndianOil, said that IndianOil has been pioneering the national efforts towards ushering in the hydrogen economy for various applications, including mobility.
News source- Economic Times