PHOTO CAPTION: Birmingham City University's Millennium Tuk Tuk will be hydrogen fueled

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tuk-Tuk Concept Revealed at India's Auto Expo

Four-wheeled auto rickshaw concept offered as a replacement for traditional three-wheeled, motor scooter based mdoels.

Published: 07-Feb-2014

A concept design for the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle will be unveiled in India later this week.

Birmingham City University is set to showcase the ‘Millennium Tuk-Tuk’ hydrogen car, designed in partnership with UK motorsport entrepreneur and manufacturer Spencer Ashley and the DYPDC centre for automotive research in Pune, at the Auto Expo Motor Show near New Delhi.

In development since last summer at the Walsall-based manufacturer the idea for the project stemmed from the Indian government’s Hydrogen Highway initiative, which aims to ensure that at least one million hydrogen-fuelled vehicles hit the roads of India by 2020.


General Motors Equinox SUV fuel cell demonstrator, one of several in operation in Hawaii.

While fuel cells powered by very pure hydrogen gas can solve some of the problems of battery electric cars, they also bring challenges of their own.

General Motors Hy-Wire fuel cell concept car circa 2002 was powered by hydrogen fuel cell.

Proposed program would mark a reversal of US Energy Departments previous scaling back of hydrogen research during President Obama's first term, though it will lack the same level of resources as the FreedomCAR program under George W. Bush.

Sunline Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus similar to that to be deployed in Connecticut.

Ballard, BAE Systems and ElDorado National collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell transit buses that will be deployed by CTTransit, as well as in Palm Springs, Ca.


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