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Indian Manufacturers Introduce Hydrogen and Hybrid Vehicles

14 January 2006

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A conventional Alpha

Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra introduced a hydrogen-fueled three-wheeler and a prototype for a diesel hybrid SUV at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Tractor maker Sonalika Group also introduced a hydrogen-powered three-wheeler.

Mahindra & Mahindra’s HY-Alpha three-wheeler fuels a single cylinder combustion engine with 1.3 kg of compressed hydrogen stored in a tank. The Hy-Alpha has a range of 175 km (109 miles).

M & M also showcased a prototype diesel hybrid version of its Scorpio SUV. Expected to be ready for market before 2010, the hybrid is targeting fuel consumption of 6.45 liters/100km (36.5 mpg US).

The Scorpio hybrid will combine the 2.6-liter turbo common rail diesel engine with a mild hybrid implementation to deliver an 8–10% improvement in fuel economy.

Heading up Mahindra & Mahindra’s efforts is Arun Jaura, vice-president (product development and R&D) for the automotive sector. Dr. Jaura spent 9 years at Ford working on Hybrid development, and had most recently been the Vehicle Engineering Manager and Technical Leader for Escape Hybrid before leaving in 2005 to go back to India.

Another hydrogen three-wheeler came from tractor manufacturer Sonalika Group. The company also displayed an all-electric three-wheeler at the event.

Last fall, Bajaj Auto displayed a prototype hydrogen-burning internal combustion engine (H2ICE) three-wheeler co-developed with ECD Ovonics. (Earlier post.)

More to come.

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