Tata Launches Foray Into Fuel Cell Buses, Light Trucks

Company is also experimenting with bio-diesel, ethanol, and electricity in effort to 'green' its product line.

Published: 12-Feb-2010

AMSTERDAM: It seems Tata Motors is on a green diet. After showcasing the electric Indica and announcing plans for a hybrid Nano, Tata Motors has now developed a range of hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses and light trucks. The fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, developed at Tata Motors’ European Technical Centre, are undergoing trial run.

“We are looking to run a fleet of fuel cell vehicles to gain experience of how they actually work in operation. That will be a stage prior to considering production,” said John Richmond, Group Chief Engineer, Tata Motors Europe.

With the governments worldwide giving subsidies to encourage the use and development of vehicles that emit less pollution, global car companies such as Nissan, Honda, BMW, Daimler Benz and others are investing heavily in the green technology of the future.


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