New Delhi: The government will examine the feasibility of using a hydrogen-CNG blended fuel in light commercial vehicles (LCVs) as the country seeks to reduce dependence on crude oil imports.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Indian Oil Corp (IOC) today signed an MoU to test and promote the feasibility of hydrogen-CNG blended fuel in LCVs.
The project is based on recommendations of the National Hydrogen Energy Board (NHEB) chaired by minister of state for New & Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar. The Board’s steering committee is headed by Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group. Tata Motors and four other automobile manufacturers are a part of the initiative.
Under the project, three LCVs -- a car, a utility vehicle and two three-wheelers -- would be developed and tested with different blends of Hydrogen and CNG. The results of this test would enable existing vehicles to be suitably modified for running with the proposed blended fuel.
Road endurance tests of the existing fleet would also be done before inducting this technology. Detailed recommendations would be presented to enable existing fleet to run on an appropriate mix of CNG and Hydrogen once the project is complete.
The country, which imports more than three-fourths of its crude oil requirements, has been working on renewable energy technologies to reduce dependence on overseas energy sources.
The MoU was signed by BMS Bist, Advisor, Hydrogen in the Ministry; R K Malhotra, Executive Director in IOC’s R&D wing; and the Director General of SIAM.