New Delhi: Hinduja flagship company Ashok Leyland on Tuesday said it has developed hythane engines to power its buses, in association with Australia’s Eden Energy.
“The hythane engines are powered by a fuel which is a mix of CNG and hydrogen (usually 20% hydrogen by volume). We have been testing these engines at our Chennai facility,” said Ashok Leyland senior manager (alternate fuels product development) S. Yoganandam.
He said it took the company two years to develop the hythane engine, the fuel technology for which has been provided by the Australian partner, but declined to comment on the investment into the project.
The six-cylinder, 6-litre engine is compliant with Bharat Stage IV emission norms and application of these engines to buses is at an advanced stage at Ashok Leyland, he added.
“As far as commercialisation of the engine is concerned, we are ready but it all depends on the availability of fuel. Right now there are only two hythane stations in the country, which are located in Delhi,“ Yoganandam said.
Besides, a four-cylinder 4-litre engine is also being developed for hydrogen-CNG blend in a joint research and development programme with ministry of new and renewable energy and Indian Oil Corp., he added.