The government on Thursday (24 September) notified the standards for safety evaluation of the hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles to facilitate the promotion of such vehicles in country.
A notification has been issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in this regard.
"The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the Standards for Safety Evaluation of vehicles being propelled by Hydrogen Fuel cells through an amendment to Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989....dated 23rd September, 2020," the ministry said in a statement.
According to the draft rules, the motor vehicles of Category M and Category N, running on compressed gaseous hydrogen fuel cell, shall be in accordance with AIS 157:2020, as amended from time to time, till the corresponding Bureau of Indian Standard Act, 2016, specification is notified, reports WION.
Also, the hydrogen fuel specification for fuel cell vehicles will be in accordance with ISO 14687.
This would facilitate the promotion of Hydrogen Fuel Cell based vehicles in the country which are energy efficient and environment friendly, it said.
"The prospective manufacturer and suppliers of such vehicles have the standards available for the testing of such vehicles," the ministry said.
These standards are also at par with the available international standards, it added.
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