Commercial Vehicle

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.

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