To indigenously develop Hydrogen-fuelled, zero-emission propulsion systems at its R&D centre in Pune
Pune, October 2023: Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile company, unveiled two state-of-the-art & new-age R&D facilities for meeting its mission of offering sustainable mobility solutions. The unveilings constitute of engine test cell for development of Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine and the necessary infrastructure for storage and dispensing of Hydrogen fuel for the Fuel Cell and H2ICE vehicles.
These facilities are yet another step forward from the company towards carbon neutrality, while tapping the strong potential of Hydrogen as a clean energy source.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Girish Wagh, Executive Director, Tata Motors, said, “Tata Motors has been leading the global megatrend of sustainable, connected and safer mobility in India. We believe Hydrogen to be the fuel of the future, especially for commercial vehicles. With the opening of this dedicated R&D facility to develop and indigenise Hydrogen propulsion technology, we are entering a new era of technological innovations and advancements in green mobility. The resulting benefits from an altogether new class of powertrains and engines will take our customers and our nation future forward.”
Mr. Rajendra Petkar, President & CTO, Tata Motors, expressed, “This is a significant moment for us as we create Hydrogen based internal combustion engine development facility and the associated infrastructure for fuel storage and dispensing at our Engineering Research Centre. This development is a testimony to Tata Motors’ continued commitment and leadership towards net zero and long-term vision for offering differentiated powertrain solutions across segments under one roof. We have been investing in the Hydrogen technology for the last many years and continue to be committed for harnessing its maximum potential through research and product development.”
Marching on its path to net zero, Tata Motors had showcased one of the widest range of commercial vehicle concepts at Auto Expo 2023 earlier this year. It included the flagship Prima tractor, a heavy commercial vehicle in two avatars: one with a Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine and other with Fuel Cell Technology along with the next generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus. Being the pioneer in the field of zero-emission technologies, Tata Motors on 25th September, 2023 delivered two first-of-its-kind, technologically advanced, safer, new-generation Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered buses to Indian Oil Corporation as part of a tender bagged in 2021.
Tata Motors is amongst country’s most innovative vehicle manufacturers and its research and development facilities have consistently developed and engineered innovative mobility solutions powered by alternate fuel technologies: battery-electric, hybrid, CNG, LNG, Hydrogen ICE and Hydrogen Fuel Cell technologies. The company is poised to continue the leadership with green technologies and has been leading the electrification journey in India for cargo and passenger transportation.