Updated On: 2 July 2021 Dheeraj Nair
The commercial vehicle industries in the country have been evolving from the last decade or two, to take a stance in the stage of technological advancements that require immense research and development. For this, the commercial automotive segment has been establishing R&D centres to present products that are unique to the company and its customers.
Many commercial vehicle developers depend on these superior R&D centres that have state-of-the-art equipment since they decide what products are likely to gain traction in terms of sales and will revolutionize the industry standard.
Leading commercial vehicle maker, Tata, is one such brand that has been catering to the needs of its customers by improving its R&D centres and as a matter of fact, it has been resulting in the creation of premium products that set the industry standard. However, the CV industry as a whole has been witnessing hindrances in acquiring tenders and collaborations with like-minded industries due to the pandemic crisis that has been prevailing in society.
At this juncture, Tata Motors has proven to be the true leader in the CV segment as it has been fighting through the blocks to gain the best tenders.
Commercial vehicle king, Tata Motors has won a tender for 15 hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane fuel cell buses from Indian oil corporation Ltd. (IOCL)
Indian oil corporation had called for bids to get PEM fuel cell buses in the year 2020. Tata Motors had been selected as the winner after a careful evaluation process. According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Tata Motors, within a span of 144 weeks from the said MOU, all 15 buses were to be delivered. As promised, Tata has successfully presented all the 15 PEM Fuel cell buses to IOCL,
It has been stated by the company that Tata Motors will be conducting immense research on potential fuel cell technology collectively with IOCL's research and development centre. The buses will be maintained and operated in collaboration with Tata Motors and will be refuelled with hydrogen generated and dispensed by IOCL.
SM Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation proudly presented the fact that it is the first-of-its-kind mobility project that has been considered by India's largest fuel supplier and largest CV maker. The project could be the stairway to success for Hydrogen based mobility solutions and fuel cell technology that exists in India.
Commenting on the new developments, Girish Wagh, President, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, "We are delighted to win this prestigious tender from IOCL for it adds to Tata Motors' rich legacy of introducing future-ready technologies for cleaner and greener public transport."
He added, "We have successfully supplied 215 EV buses under FAME I and won orders for 600 EV buses under FAME II. This order to supply Tata PEM Fuel Cell buses from Indian Oil Corporation further encourages our ongoing efforts on developing India-focused alternative sustainable fuels to transform the future of mobility in India."
This initiative of IOCL to collaborate with Tata Motors has been possible due to the hardships of many in the R&D centres of the two companies. In addition to this, Tata Motors stated that this initiative reached the point of success thanks to the presence of cutting-edge technology and equipment at their R&D centres.
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