Govt specifies hydrogen-enriched CNG as automobile fuel

In a step towards promoting alternative clean fuel for transportation, the Union road transport and highways ministry has notified hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas (CNG) as an automobile fuel.

An ideal blend of 18% hydrogen in CNG can be used as automotive fuel after compression. This can lower emissions, and promote green fuel for automobiles in the country. It can also reduce carbon monoxide emission by 70%, according to a study.

“Using H-CNG (18% mix of hydrogen) certain CNG engines have been tested to understand the emission reduction using H-CNG compared with ‘neat’ CNG,” an official statement said, adding that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed specifications of hydrogen enriched CNG as automotive fuel.

Transport minister Nitin Gadkari has been trying to push adoption of electric mobility as well as clean, alternative fuels, including ethanol, methanol, bio diesel, as one of its ways to reduce pollution and cut massive

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