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OIL accomplishes beta demo of H2-powered bus developed under ‘SNEH’ startup program

The 9-meter hydrogen-powered bus is built on a 60kW PEM Fuel Cell engine (Source: OIL/Twitter)

Oil India Limited (OIL) has announced that it has completed a beta demonstration of the hydrogen-powered bus developed by Ohm Cleantech Private Limited under the 'Startup Nurturing, Enabling, and Handholding (SNEH)' programme of OIL in Pune, Maharashtra on 25.06.2022. The 9-meter Bus built on a 60kW PEM Fuel Cell engine will power the electric drive and provide for a minimum range of 450km while emitting water in the exhaust.

The demonstration adds another feather to the Green Hydrogen hat of OIL as the company has already commissioned a 99.999 percent pure Green Hydrogen plant in Jorhat, Assam in April 2022. The efforts are in the direction of pursuing Zero-Emission and Green Hydrogen targets set forth by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, and towards sustained production and deployment of the Net-Zero roadmap that will help the North-Eastern states of India attain Energy Independence.

On the occasion, S.C. Mishra, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), OIL said that this is a major step towards zero-emission mobility within OIL and in North-East India.

With technology partners like Ohm Cleantech and h2e Power who can set up manufacturing plants for Electrolysers and Fuel Cells in the Northeast, OIL will play an important role in fulfilling India's energy targets. We intend to deploy this bus for Green Kaziranga Tourism by the end of this year to welcome tourists to this zero-emission travel experience. He added that the Green Hydrogen required for the bus will come from OIL's Green Hydrogen plant in Jorhat, Assam.

Speaking at the event Ms. Bhavana Mayur, Director Ohm Cleantech said, we are humbled at the trust shown by OIL in us. What we have achieved today, in a record time, is a testimony of the strength of India's startup ecosystem. Along with our partners h2e Power, Nuvera& EKA mobility we are confident in making Hydrogen mobility a reality.

Sudhir Mehta, Chairman of EKA Mobility added we are proud to be associated with this project as it echoes the vision of EKA to contribute to the reduction of emissions & provide a great driving experience to the passengers & the driver. We are focused on revolutionizing the public transport system in India and abroad. As one of the winners of the PLI scheme on e-Vehicles and components, our partnership with h2e and Ohm is significant as we will deliver state-of-art technology that is Made in India.

NUVERA of USA, h2e Power Systems Pune are the key partners to OHM along with EKA Mobility in developing the FCBus, and NUVERA's product Manager Kedar Murthy, speaking from Boston USA confirmed NUVERA's commitment to the Indian market. He added, that our alliance with h2e Power and their group company OHM Cleantech has so far seen the delivery of India's first Hydrogen Forklift and now we will deliver the bus. We look forward to participating in India's quest to clean mobility. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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