Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), an Indian multi-national automaker company and a subsidiary of Mahindra Group corporation has showcased the world’s first hydrogen-fuel-run three-wheeler named “HyAlfa” at ongoing Auto Expo 2012 held in Pregati Maidan, New Delhi.
Development of HyAlfa
The three-wheelers have been developed under a project, DelHy 3W, of the UNIDO-ICHET (United Nations Industrial Development Organization – International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies) in association with Mahindra & Mahindra and IIT-Delhi, besides being supported by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy). The project took three years and over $1 million. The vehicle is almost a zero-emission vehicle while its fuel consumption is substantially lower as compared to gasoline with 1 Kg of hydrogen giving around 80 km mileage. However the company did not disclose its exact price but could be INR 20,000-25,000 more than a CNG three-wheeler, which costs around Rs.2-lakh, in case of its mass production.
HyAlfa : World's First Hydrogen Powered 3-Wheeler
Pawan Goenka, the president of the company’s automotive and farm equipment sectors said :
At Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, a station has been established by US-based Air Products. The fleet of the vehicles will be refueled at the station.
Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) introduces HyAlfa
According to Managing Director of UNIDO-ICHET, Mustafa Hatipoglu :
Rita Menon, ITPO Chairperson and Managing Director said :
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