The Indian government, via the National Hydrogen Energy Board (NHEB), has announced plans for the introduction of hydrogen-fueled vehicles in the country and also suggest steps to develop hydrogen energy infrastructure in the country. The measure was announced by Vilas Muttemwar, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy.

The National Hydrogen Road Map is being prepared by the Steering Group of the NHEB, headed by Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group. Under this initiative about one million vehicles plying Indian roads will use hydrogen as fuel. About 75 per cent of them are likely to be two and three wheelers. Power plants with a generating capacity of 1000 megawatt (MW) of hydrogen power would be set up by 2020, he added. He also pointed that the target of meeting at least 10 per cent of the country's power needs from renewable power by 2012 was achievable.

Ratan Tata, also announced that "Hydrogen fuel will become an alternative to fossil fuel on which we can build the national economy." He cautioned, however: "Hydrogen based energy may remain elusive for some time because there are major challenges in generating, storing and delivering it. But I am confident that even if we do not, our future generations will definitely have clear fuel."

[Source: NHEB]

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