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

HyAlfa : World's First Hydrogen Powered 3-Wheeler

Authority Speak

Pawan Goenka, the president of the company’s automotive and farm equipment sectors said :

Pawan Kumar Goenka
The aim of this project is to convert vehicles so that they can carry and use hydrogen – a carbon-free fuel – and thus remove all pollutants. As part of its mobility initiatives, Mahindra has aimed at providing alternative fuel technology solutions and the HyAlfa is another step towards it. We have prepared 15 vehicles for integration of the optimized engine, storage system, fuelling system and safety features for this hydrogen-fuel-enabled vehicle.

We are already working on integrating a comprehensive eco-system of sustainable mobility solutions, encompassing alternative technologies such as electric, hybrid and fuel cells into our research, development and commercialization plans.

Moreover, we also have to look at commercial viability of running a hydrogen-powered three-wheeler as the cost of hydrogen will be around Rs 250 per kg, which is not affordable at all. When the product is on mass production, it will cost INR 20,000 to INR 25,000 more than a CNG three-wheeler.

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

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) introduces HyAlfa

According to Managing Director of UNIDO-ICHET, Mustafa Hatipoglu :

Mustafa Hatipoglu
The DelHy 3W project aims to demonstrate hydrogen technologies developed by Indian partners for the Indian transport sector.

Rita Menon, ITPO Chairperson and Managing Director said :

Rita Menon
The hydrogen-powered three-wheeler could play a role in moving toward a newer, sustainable and eco-friendly mode of transportation. We are happy to be a part of this project and are specially excited about the cargo version.