In the wake of increasing pollution in the country, that has now been resulted in adverse effects, the state-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited is planning to start a premium hydrogen fuel bus service on Delhi to Jaipur route.
A feasibility study for the service is currently underway to test the viability of fuel cell buses for the intercity commute. The government has until now not provided any timeline for the bus to start plying the roads.
The service will be the first of its kind in India to be used for intercity commute. Previously, similar bus services were seen testing in metro cities like Mumbai.
To curb the adverse effects, the state government has expedited the ‘Go Electric’ campaign and further mention that “We are planning to start premium hydrogen fuel bus service from Delhi to Jaipur and gradually we will also try experimenting running electric bus on the same route,” power minister RK Singh said on the launch of ‘Go Electric” campaign on Friday.
He further added, that “the government plans to invite bids for green hydrogen projects in the next four to five months, Singh added. We are going to go in for green hydrogen bids in another four-five months. We’ve already had discussions with the relevant ministries” Singh said.
Green mobility is gaining momentum in the country and apart from establishing a complete EV supporting infrastructure, the Indian government is now also planning more options towards alternative fuels in order to reduce dependence on traditional fuels, amid skyrocket price of petrol an diesel.
Not only electric buses, citizens will now get electric trucks to commuting goods from one place to another, as at the same event, the announcement of an all-new electric tractor was made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. “I will be launching an electric tractor in the next 15 days,” Gadkari said.
The government is also trying to procure 40,000 battery-powered buses in Maharashtra for an intracity commute.
The central government is trying to make a gradual shift towards alternative fuels in a bid to reduce its dependence on the import of crude oil as prices of petrol and diesel spark in the country.