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First hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid car completes maiden test run in city

India’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) electric hybrid car successfully completed its maiden test run last week in Pune. This indigenously developed technology was a collaborative effort between scientists from two Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs – National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi along with KPIT, Pune. The technology, developed over four years, has the potential to reduce dependence on petrol and diesel once introduced in markets.

This could mean fewer polluting emissions due to fuel combustion from vehicles. In the HFC technology, hydrogen gas from the on-board gas cylinder interacts with the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) from the anode side to produce protons (positively charged particles) and electrons (negatively charged particles).

News source ~ Indian Express