Hydrogen-powered trucks are on the way: Gautam Adani’s company Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) is taking a big step in the direction of green energy by tying up with Ashok Leyland and Ballard Power of Canada.
The company will undertake a pilot project on the development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Truck (FCET) for mining, logistics and transportation. Many industries will use these trucks
Asia’s first project
The project is touted by AEL as the first of its kind in Asia. In addition to Adani Enterprises Ltd., which is leading the project, Ballard, a leader in fuel cell engines, will supply the FCmoveTM fuel cell engine.
It will be an electric hydrogen truck. The project will also be supported by Ashok Leyland, which is known worldwide for manufacturing heavy duty vehicles like buses. The project includes hydrogen refueling infrastructure, mining and transportation projects.
When will the electric truck be launched
There are plans to launch a hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck in India in 2023. Over the next decade, the Adani group plans to invest over USD 50 billion in green hydrogen and associated eco-systems with a capacity of up to 3 million tonnes.
According to Vinay Prakash, Director of AEL and CEO of Adani Natural Resources, this project will lay a strong foundation for India’s future energy independence.
As he said, “The use of hydrogen for the commercial fleet (business vehicles) has opened up opportunities in the country’s mining and logistics sectors as well as ports, airports,
ushered in the emergence of hydrogen technology in fleets and other businesses.” The country can also choose a long term solution by using hydrogen fuel.
how will the hydrogen truck
Three hydrogen tanks will be installed in this hydrogen-powered mining truck and its driving range will be 200 kilometers. The truck will use Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel-cell technology.
Announcing an MoU with the Adani Group last year, Randy McEwen, CEO of Ballard Power Systems, said, “We look forward to growing our partnership and appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with an advanced business like Adani. ”
Ashok Leyland CTO, Dr. N. Saravanan said the company is excited to bring hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric trucks to India’s mining and logistics industries, collaborating with Adani and Ballard.
This is a significant opportunity for India to decarbonize both freight and passenger transport. With Ballard’s fuel cell expertise and Adani’s hydrogen commitment, we have developed unique and innovative products.