New Delhi, India – Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra has showcased its hydrogen-powered three-wheeled vehicle, the Hy-Alfa, at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in New Delhi.
The company, which has a substantial presence in the North American farm equipment sector, said the Hy-Alfa is the first vehicle of its kind in the world. “It runs on nothing but compressed hydrogen gas and is incredibly engineered to run with absolutely zero emissions, which makes it a pleasure to drive on congested city roads,” said Dr. Mathew Abraham, general manager of Mahindra & Mahindra R&D Centre. “Hydrogen is, in fact, the technology and fuel of tomorrow and is the long-term solution to pollution, energy security and CO2 emission-related concerns.”
The vehicle, which uses a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine, is available in both passenger and cargo versions. Mahindra and other partners have signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNDIO) in India, and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy and Technology (ICHET) in Turkey to carry out a demonstration project of 15 Hy-Alfa vehicles in New Delhi next year.
Mahindra is displaying several different platforms of driveable full-hybrid vehicles at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, including start/stop micro hybrid vehicles, biofuel vehicles, an electric passenger vehicle, and many recyclable materials and reusable technologies.