New Delhi: Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan experienced the test drive of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-based car manufactured by Toyota Kirloskar in Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.
Pradhan mentioned that in the rapidly evolving energy landscape, hydrogen offers an eco-friendly and innovative solution for sustainable green transport fuel. He expressed happiness on learning that the only emission from this car is water. He further stated that hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and possesses high energy density and long-time storage.
Calling for greater cost efficiency as the technology evolves, Pradhan said that while hydrogen and hybrid technologies are promising, the manufacturing cost of this high-end technology still needs to be worked upon to make it more affordable in the Indian scenario.
Pradhan also emphasized that it is imperative for automakers to develop economical, innovative and sustainable solutions towards achieving greener and safer mobility ecosystem in the country.
Talking about energy transition, and switch to cleaner fuel, he said, “India is undergoing energy transition and impacting global energy transition in a big way. We are exploring new sources of energy to create a sustainable and responsible model of energy transition. Switch to cleaner forms of energy will also contribute towards ensuring a cleaner environment for our people.”
The Minister also suggested planning a workshop for brainstorming with experts and all stakeholders for a greater understanding of hydrogen technology in Indian context.