Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday launched India's first hydrogen-based advanced fuel cell electric vehicle, the Toyota Mirai, saying this is the first project of its kind in India aimed to create an ecosystem for such vehicles in the country.
Speaking at the event, Gadkari said the hydrogen-powered FCEV is one of the best zero-emission solutions.
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways said that it is completely environment friendly with no tailpipe emissions other than water.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has claimed that the Toyota Mirai is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell battery and is capable of providing a range of up to 650 kilometers on a single charge, with a refueling time of five minutes.
In Japanese, the word 'Mirai' means 'future'.
Gadkari said green hydrogen can be generated from renewable energy and abundant biomass.
He noted that the introduction and adoption of technology to harness the potential of green hydrogen will play a major role in ensuring a clean and affordable energy future for India.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), along with the International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT), is conducting a pilot project to study and evaluate the world's most advanced hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai FCEV for Indian roads and weather conditions.
The ceremony was also attended by Union Minister for Oil and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Energy R-Xing and Minister for Heavy Industries Mahendra Nath Pandey. Gadkari had previously said he would also start using the Toyota Mirai. The company said the Toyota Mirai was launched in 2014 and was one of the world's first hydrogen-fueled electric vehicles. "Now, we are proud to introduce the second generation, with a 30 percent increase in range, better handling and a more elegant design," Toyota said.