Hydrogen Combustion Engine Technology
The future of transportation just got a lot greener with the unveiling of India’s first Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (H2-ICE) technology solution for heavy-duty trucks. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Ashok Leyland, with the support of other technical partners, have been tirelessly working on this cutting-edge technology since the last year, and the result of their hard work was showcased at the India Energy Week in Bengaluru, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the revolutionary vehicle.
The H2-ICE truck is a game-changer for the transportation industry, produced by Ashok Leyland the truck has the range of carrying 19-25 tonnes. It emits near zero emissions, delivering a performance that is on par with conventional diesel trucks, but with the added bonus of significantly reducing noise pollution. The first engines began running in early 2022, and since August of that year, the truck has been undergoing intensive tests to ensure its reliability and effectiveness.
Green hydrogen, which is produced from renewable energy sources like wind and solar, is the fuel that powers the H2-ICE truck. This not only reduces carbon emissions but also ensures that the truck operates sustainably and economically. The partnership between RIL and Ashok Leyland has been instrumental in bringing this technology to life, combining their expertise and resources to create a solution that will revolutionize the transportation industry.
The unveiling of this technology solution is a testament to the determination and commitment of Reliance and Ashok Leyland to finding sustainable solutions for the future. Their collaboration has resulted in a vehicle that not only benefits the environment but also offers improved performance and efficiency compared to traditional diesel-powered trucks.
The President and Chief Technology Officer of Ashok Leyland, N Saravanan, stated, “Ashok Leyland has always been a pioneer in introducing state-of-the-art technology in the commercial vehicle space. Working with RIL, we have once again demonstrated our technological leadership and our commitment to the Clean Mobility Mission. Having one of the best R&D teams in the country, we want to continue our path to innovate and leverage new technologies to be a leader in sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility. Our aim is to make India’s alternate fuel segment self-reliant and be one of the flag bearers of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign.”
The H2-ICE truck represents a significant milestone in the journey toward a cleaner, greener future. The partnership between Reliance and Ashok Leyland has proven to be a successful one, and it is exciting to think about what they might achieve next. The world is watching as India leads the way in adopting sustainable transportation solutions, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.