Indian Government to Promote Hydrogen Vehicles

Benaras Hindu University has already tested 15 two-wheelers which use hydrogen as a fuel.

Published: 06-Jan-2007

In a bid to keep the environment clean and reduce dependence on imported oil for the transport sector, the government is planning to go in for hydrogen gas-based automobiles in a big way with large scale demonstration of such vehicles slated for the eleventh plan and commercialisation in the following five-year plan.

"Benaras Hindu University has already tested 15 two-wheelers which use hydrogen as a fuel" Dr SK Chopra, principal adviser and special secretary, ministry of non-conventional energy sources, said here.

He said hydrogen energy-based vehicles are clean in comparison to current vehicles which produce polluting gases as waste. "In the next ten years, the government has plans to set up hydrogen fuelling stations (like petrol and CNG stations) for hydrogen vehicles. One such station is coming up in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area next year" he said. The plan is to go in for large scale demonstration of hydrogen-based vehicles in different parts of the country in the eleventh plan and attempt commercialisation of the technology in the twelfth and thirteenth plans.

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