IANS. State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is working with Indian automobile companies Tata, Mahindra and Mahindra and Eicher to lay the foundation for a more widespread commercialization of vehicles using a blend of hydrogen and compressed natural gas (HCNG).
Indian Oil is primarily studying blends of 10%–30% hydrogen in CNG. Indian Oil has had a HCNG project for transit buses under development for more than a year, with the first trial buses due out soon.
On 10 September, Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar will inaugurate the first HCNG dispenser at Indian Oil’s research and development center.
Over the next year, IndianOil and the automobile companies will conduct trials of various HCNG vehicles prior to a commercial launch of more such.
Indian Oil is also planning to work with Reva Electric Car Co and Mahindra and Mahindra on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.