The companies will also jointly test operating and refueling these buses.
Tata Motors has bagged an order of 15 hydrogen fuel cell buses from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which are expected to be delivered within 144 weeks from the date of signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). IOCL had invited bids to supply proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell buses in December 2020, and Tata Motors said that it got selected as the winner following “a diligent evaluation process”.
The buses are being supplied to IOCL’s R&D centre, for which Tata Motors will also collaborate in studying the potential of fuel cell technology for commercial vehicles. Both companies are planning a pilot testing where these buses will be used as public transport in real-world conditions around Delhi-NCR, with hydrogen refueling taken care of by IOCL.
This first of its kind project in the country is bringing the country’s largest fuel supplier and largest commercial vehicle manufacturer on board to take the hydrogen fuel cell technology to the next level. This initiative would also act as a stepping stone for various other key programs of IndianOil, which proposes to introduce hydrogen-based mobility on different iconic routes and important sectors in the country. — S.M.Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil
We are delighted to win this prestigious tender from IOCL for it adds to Tata Motors’ rich legacy of introducing future-ready technologies for cleaner and greener public transport. We have successfully supplied 215 EV buses under FAME I and won orders for 600 EV buses under FAME II. This order to supply PEM Fuel Cell buses from a company as respected as Indian Oil Corporation, further encourages our ongoing efforts on developing India-focused alternative sustainable fuels to transform the future of mobility in India. — Girish Wagh, President, CVBU, Tata Motors