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IndianOil Equips Indian Army with Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus for use in Delhi-NCR
New Delhi   27-May-2024

MoU signed to Promote Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology for heavy-duty e-mobility

In a significant milestone towards promoting sustainable, eco-friendly transportation solutions, IndianOil has handed over a state-of-the-art green hydrogen fuel cell bus to the Indian Army. This landmark event was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IndianOil and the Indian Army to pioneer the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technology for heavy-duty e-mobility.

The handing over and signing ceremony was held at the National War Memorial, India Gate, New Delhi, in the presence of General Manoj Pande (PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC), Chief of Army Staff, Mr. S M Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil and senior officials of IndianOil and Indian Army.

General Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army shared his thoughts on the collaboration, stating, "The partnership between IndianOil and the Indian Army spans over six decades and is built on an unbreakable bond of trust. The Indian Army is committed to exploring and adopting innovative technologies that enhance our operational capabilities while ensuring environmental sustainability. We will be testing one of the hydrogen buses, and I must thank IndianOil for choosing the Indian Army as their partner."

Mr. S M Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, expressed his enthusiasm about this initiative, stating, "It is indeed a very momentous day today that a bus which is part of the green hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet will now be operated by the Indian Army. This collaboration with the Indian Army is a landmark step towards a greener and more sustainable future. IndianOil is currently operating 15 fuel cell buses in the Delhi-NCR region accumulating a total mileage of 300,000 kilometers i.e. 20000 kms on each bus”.

This initiative aims to promote hydrogen and fuel cell technology for heavy-duty e-mobility, positioning the Indian Army as a pioneer in evaluating this technology in collaboration with IndianOil, the premier energy company of India. The project will assess the performance of fuel cell electric buses for public transit in the demanding climatic conditions of the Delhi NCR region, analyzing the impact of local fuel and air quality on the performance of fuel cell systems and vehicles. Additionally, it will evaluate the effectiveness, longevity, and operational reliability of fuel cell buses intended for public fleet utilization.

This initiative marks a pivotal step in the journey towards sustainable transportation, setting a precedent for future collaborations aimed at advancing green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in India.

Shyam Bohra
Executive Director (Corporate Communications & Coordination)
Corporate Office, IndianOil