NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) Ltd., has invited global Expression of Interest (EoI) from Fuel Cell based Electric Vehicle (FCEV) manufacturers to provide ten hydrogen fuel-cell based electric buses and hydrogen fuel-cell based electric cars each.
The EoI Tender for Hydrogen Fuel Cell based vehicles
Under this pilot project five hydrogen fuel-cell based buses and five hydrogen fuel-cell based cars shall be procured for Leh and New Delhi each. This initiative is being undertaken with the support of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
As reported by Press Information Bureau dated 26th April 2020, Ministry of Power said: “The move to procure Hydrogen Fuel Cell based vehicles is first of its kind project in the country, wherein a complete solution from green energy to the fuel cell vehicle would be developed”.
After this initial pilot project other locations may also be included for rollout of FCEVs.
The EoI is meant to identify possible suppliers for undertaking the pilot project as well as possible inputs for formulation of specifications for components or systems to be used in the pilot project. Participants in this EoI may be fufther shortlisted for Request for Proposal (RFP).
Intend behind the initiative
The aim for adopting technology which is hydrogen-powered is for targeting decarbonisation of public transport. The project envisages production of hydrogen utilising the renewable energy sources and further utilising the vehicles for public transportation. Under the project, hydrogen’s storage and dispensation facilities shall also be developed.
The EoI is due for submission by 3 PM on on 15th May 2020 and shall be opened by 5 PM the same day.
Earlier in February 2020, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in collaboration with NTPC Ltd. had agreed to jointly launch a project to promote emission-free buses in the union territory of Leh.
NVVN Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd. It is a deemed government company under the Companies Act 1956. It is the only Government company in the Indian power sector engaged in the business of power trading.