A hydrogen powered bus! Why aren’t we seeing a lots of them on the roads?

Tata Motors (India) launched the future of mass public transportation today at its Pune (India) facility and took another step in the direction of green technology and mobility solutions.

The Hydrogen Powered Starbus Fuel Cell bus is a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commute and has been developed in partnership with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).

Combining hydrogen gas and oxygen, the fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor, with water and heat as a byproduct.

This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction. I am impressed!


  1. Fuel cell vs. gasoline powered cars.

    Fuel cell electric cars can
    have a driving range of more than 250 miles on one tank of hydrogen
    fuel. They can refuel in just a few minutes and the fueling experience
    is almost identical to a gas station. As the “engine” (i.e., fuel
    cell) has no moving parts, one will never need to change the oil. But
    because a fuel cell is more than twice as efficient as an internal
    combustion engine, a fuel cell car travels farther on that tank of
    hydrogen than a traditional car would on gasoline. So you would only
    need about half the amount of hydrogen, with double the fuel economy.

  2. But handling hydrogen fuel tanks is very risky task and requires professional approach as hydrogen tanks can catch fire very quickly.

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