Cost cutting: KSRTC bets on hydrogen-fuelled buses, high-level committee visits TN

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Reeling under financial crisis, KSRTC is planning for another cost-cutting exercise. Now, the plan is to reduce the dependency on costly diesel by switching to hydrogen. The move is to buy new hydrogen-fuelled buses and at the same time convert the existing diesel buses so that it can run on hydrogen. It is learnt that the conversion of diesel bus to hydrogen bus will cost around Rs 10 lakh. There is also a plan to produce hydrogen locally.

The authorities concerned had an interaction with Ashok Leyland which developed hydrogen engine. High-level committee, including principal secretary KR Jjyothilal visited Tamil Nadu plant to have a detailed review on its functioning. Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram has initiated preliminary studies related to designing of hydrogen-based vehicles. The transport department officials maintained that the state can facilitate production of 10 lakh ton hydrogen a year.

It may be noted that hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are eco-friendly in nature. They do not require large battery backup for functioning. Hydrogen can be filled within 10 minutes and charging time is less compared to electric vehicles.

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