Friday, 13 January 2012

Hydrogen-powered 3-wheeler at expo

The world's 1st hydrogen-powered 3-wheeler, 'HyAlfa', was showcased at the Auto Expo . Part of a growth project dubbed 'DelHy 3w', a fleet of 15 HyAlfa 3-wheelers will run on an experimental basis at Pragati Maidan, where a hydrogen refuelling station has also been set up.

India Trade Organisation Promotion ( ITPO) will use the vehicles on an investigational basis. The HyAlfa has been developed under a joint project by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation ( UNIDO) International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies ( ICHET), Mahindra & Mahindra and IIT-Delhi, with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. "The aim of this project is to convert vehicles so that they can carry and use hydrogen - a carbon-free fuel - and thus remove all pollutants," Mahindra & Mahindra president (automotive) Pawan Goenka said.

He said the vehicle is not yet ready for commercial production and further fine-tuning will be required before moving in that direction. "Moreover, we also have to look at commercial viability of running a hydrogen-powered three-wheeler as the cost of hydrogen will be around Rs 250 per kg, which is not affordable at all," he said.


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