India gets hydrogen fuel cell bus

The Tata Motors Starbus Fuel Cell bus features hydrogen fuel cell technology

The Tata Motors Starbus Fuel Cell bus features hydrogen fuel cell technology. Photo credit: Tata Motors

The aptly-named Starbus went through its paces at the Liquid Propulsion System Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore earlier this week, reports The Times Of India.

The first ever hydrogen fuel cell bus developed in the country, the Starbus had plenty of technical input from the ISRO team, particularly in the tricky business of handling the liquid fuel itself, which is stored in cylinders on the bus’s roof. Tata Motors and the ISRO went into partnership on the project in 2006 and the Starbus itself was first unveiled at the New Delhi Auto Expo back in January 2012.

Tata has also shown its commitment to fuel cell technology by signing an agreement with Ballard Power to supply FCvelocity-1100 fuel cell stacks to be used in the bus’s test runs.

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