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December 22, 2003

DOE to Develop Hydrogen-Fueled Three-Wheeled Vehicles for India

DOE is implementing a project that will introduce hydrogen-fueled three-wheeled vehicles into India. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), one of India's largest automobile manufacturers—Mahindra and Mahindra Limited—will select two of its popular lightweight vehicles for conversion to hydrogen fuel. Michigan-based Energy Conversion Devices Inc. will convert the vehicles' engines to run on hydrogen and will add hydrogen storage systems that use its proprietary metal hydrides, which store the hydrogen in a solid chemical form. One of the vehicles will then be returned to India, and one will remain in the United States for testing.

DOE is interested in the project because it will test an alternative fuel system under congested traffic conditions where transportation pollution is severe. It could encourage the use of hydrogen fuels in developing countries, introduce key U.S. technologies to the Asian market, and hasten the development of hydrogen-fueled transportation in the United States. USAID's U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership program and its Global Development Alliance program brought the U.S. and Indian partners together and provided $500,000 to initiate the project. See the DOE press release.