Sentient hydrogen-powered drivetrain for long-haul
Sentient Labs, an innovation lab incubated by KPIT Technologies Ltd., drew attention to green mobility alternatives other than BEVs. The company unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell prototype bus in Pune wherein the drivetrain is developed in collaboration with National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI). Ravi Pandit, Chairman at Sentient Labs said, “This will go a long way in powering the hydrogen mission, ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ and importantly sustainable mobility.” Sentient Lab is claimed to have designed and developed all components in-house including the balance of plant, powertrain, battery pack and the fuel cell. Chief guest Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Member of Board of Directors,
Sentient Labs opined that digitisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation will be the pillars for India to realise sustainable mobility solutions as he expects Sentient to play a pivotal role in a standout effort. The unveiled prototype is powered by a modular platform suited to nine metre, 12m, and 13.5m buses. The nine metre bus on display is a 32-seater, air-conditioned bus on the Eicher Skyline Pro platform. The proto is claimed to have a 450 km range on using 30 kg of hydrogen from the Hydrogen storage tank.