NEW DELHI: Soon Delhi and Leh will have one thing in common: buses running on hydrogen. State-run generation utility NTPC’s power trading arm on Monday floated a tender for deploying hydrogen fuel cell buses in the national capital and the country’s youngest Union territory.

This is the first time anywhere in the world that buses using hydrogen will be used at extreme altitude and temperature prevailing in Leh. The seat of Ladakh administration is situated at an elevation of 11,500 feet and experiences temperature of -20 degrees in winter.

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) is the second company planning to introduce hydrogen buses in Delhi after the country’s flagship refiner and fuel retailer IndianOil. The company last week placed orders for 15 hydrogen fuel cell buses for Delhi with Tata Motors.

NVVN’s bid will on July 16. The e-buses would be truly zero-emission vehicles as hydrogen would be generated from renewable energy. NVVN had recently supplied 40 e-buses and built charging stations in Andaman & Nicobar Island with the aim of reducing vehicular pollution.

Green hydrogen would be supplied to the buses by NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd. NVVN is providing comprehensive mobility solutions in all e-vehicle segments targeting reduction of carbon footprint and achieving energy security.

Hydrogen buses are among the initiatives being undertaken to realise PM Narendra Modi’s vision of making Ladakh carbon neutral.



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