NTPC starts trial run of hydrogen bus in Leh


State-owned NTPC, India’s largest power producer, announced today that the first hydrogen bus for its pilot on the use of hydrogen fuel cell-based electric vehicles for public transportation has reached Leh. It has planned to run five such buses in Leh.

The bus will be part of a 3-month-long process of field-trials, roadworthiness tests and other statutory procedures. This will be the India’s first ever deployment of hydrogen buses on public roads.

“Towards achieving carbon-neutral Ladakh, NTPC is setting up hydrogen fuelling station, solar plant and providing five fuel cell buses for operation on intracity routes of Leh,” stated NTPC.

The first-of-its-kind green hydrogen mobility project at 11,562 feet will have green hydrogen generation co-located with dedicated solar plant of 1.7 MW to provide renewable power for electrolysis. The fuel cell buses are designed for operation in sub-zero temperature in rarefied atmosphere, typical to such altitude locations which is a unique feature of this project.


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