Union Minister of Roads and Highways Nitin Gadkari has launched a pilot project to test the feasibility of advanced hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in India. The pilot project is being carried out by Toyota in collaboration with the International Automotive Technology Center (ICAT) to research and evaluate the world’s most advanced FCEV Toyota Mirai powered by hydrogen.
The Toyota Mirai is listed in the Guinness Book of Records, which bears its name because it can travel 1359 km in one fuel tank, making it the most environmentally friendly vehicle in the world. Toyota Mirai has 400 miles of EPA certified mileage in a single tank of fuel. Like electric vehicles, hydrogen takes less time to replenish and does not emit from the tailpipe.
This project aims to raise awareness of hydrogen and FCEV technologies and disseminate their benefits to support the hydrogen-based society of India. According to the Highway Highway Authority, green hydrogen-powered transportation has important applications, especially for heavy vehicles, buses, trucks, ships and trains, making it an important future technology option ideal for medium to long distances.
Recently, Nitin Gadkari said he would start using Toyota Mirai himself, and Faridabad-based Indian Oil promised to supply green Hydrogen for this vehicle.