Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation launch India’s first fuel cell bus

Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation launch India’s first fuel cell bus

Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation have recently launched India’s first-ever hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus --- the Tata Starbus. The real-world trials of the hydrogen fuel cell bus were flagged off in the country’s capital, New Delhi.

The Tata Starbus fuel cell bus has been designed and developed while keeping highly polluted environment in major cities across India. Tata Motors has nationwide network in India and its alternative fuels bus has be potential of supplying to state run bus corporations. The bus does not produce any emissions because the by-products of its engine are only water and heat.

The launch of the Tata Starbus hydrogen fuel cell bus by Tata Motors and Indian Oil Corporation marks a notable collaborative effort between the automakers and government entities in India to support clean transportation options, under a ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The Tata Starbus was first displayed by Tata Motors at its Pune plant in January 2018, when the company introduced a range of hydrogen fuel cell buses including the Starbus Electric 9m, Starbus Electric 12m and the Starbus Hybrid 12m. For developing the Starbus, Tata Motors has partnered with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Disclosing some details about the Tata Starbus, Indian newspaper Financial Express has reported that the fuel cell bus is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell power system which can deliver 114 hp, along with an electric propulsion motor capable of delivering 250 hp. The total torque of the fuel cell bus is 1050 Nm at 800 rpm; and the seating capacity of the bus is 30 passengers.