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In a first, Adani to launch Hydrogen-powered trucks this year

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Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL), part of the

diversified Adani portfolio of companies, today signed an agreement

to launch a pilot project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell electric truck

(FCET) for mining logistics and transportation with Ashok Leyland,

India, and Ballard Power, Canada.

This collaboration marks Asia’s first planned hydrogen powered

mining truck.

The demonstration project will be led by AEL, a company focused

on both mining operations and developing green hydrogen projects

for sourcing, transporting, and building out hydrogen refueling

infrastructure.

Ballard, an industry leading PEM fuel cell engine manufacturer, will

supply the FCmoveTMfuel cell engine for the hydrogen truck and

Ashok Leyland, one of the largest manufacturers of buses in the

world, will provide the vehicle platform and technical support.

The FCET is scheduled to be launched in India this year.

A release from AEL said the Adani Group previously announced it

plans to invest more than USD 50 billion over the next ten years in

green hydrogen and associated ecosystems corresponding to a

capacity of up to 3 million tons of green hydrogen annually.

Vinay Prakash, Director, AEL and CEO, Adani Natural Resources

said this pioneering and ambitious green hydrogen project holds

a strong promise for India’s future energy self-reliance and is

consistent with the vision of Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani

Group, of accelerating the use of hydrogen-powered fuel cell

technology in the commercial transport system.

This experience of handling hydrogen as a fuel for commercial

fleet not only prepones the advent of hydrogen technology for

the mining and logistics sector in the country but will also enable

other businesses to opt for long-term sustainable solutions

transitioning fleets in ports, airports and in their industrial

operations, he said.

The hydrogen powered mining truck will weigh 55 tons, have

three hydrogen tanks, a 200-km working range, and powered

by Ballard’s 120 kW PEM fuel cell technology.

“After signing an MoU with the Adani Group last year, we are

eager to move our partnership forward and welcome the chance

to cooperate with cutting-edge businesses like Adani,” said Randy

MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems.

“Our technology offers a strong value proposition for their heavy

duty mining truck with our zero emission engines providing long

range, rapid refueling and heavy payload capabilities”, he said.

“Ashok Leyland is excited to collaborate with Adani and Ballard

to bring out fuel cell commercial vehicles in the mining and

logistics sectors in India,” said Dr. N. Saravanan, CTO, Ashok

Leyland.

“With our track record of developing unique and new products,

Ballard’s technological expertise in fuel cells, and Adani’s

unwavering dedication to hydrogen, there is a significant

opportunity for India to decarbonize both goods and

passenger transportation”, he said.

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