Bajaj explores hydrogen powered two-wheelers

Date: April 25, 2024. — Bajaj Auto‘s Chetak brand is making its first foray into hydrogen-powered transportation. The company is presently investigating the possibility for hydrogen-powered two-wheelers, which may include bikes, scooters, and even rickshaws. If successful, the company could be the first to introduce hydrogen engines to the Indian market.

The initiative is being led by Chetak Technology Ltd (CTL), a subsidiary of Bajaj Auto. CTL will focus on the development of these hydrogen vehicles, aiming to expand Bajaj Auto’s portfolio of technologically differentiated products. This move is part of a broader strategy to explore alternative power sources beyond petrol and electric.

Abraham Joseph, the former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Bajaj Auto, has been appointed as the Managing Director of CTL. He has been instrumental in the development of several successful models at Bajaj Auto and will now lead the charge in this new venture. Meanwhile, Ramtilak Ananthan’s appointment as the new Chief Technology Officer for Bajaj Auto Ltd ensures the continuity of the company’s focus on technological excellence and advancement.

Bajaj is also preparing to launch its first CNG-powered motorcycle in June this year, targeting mileage-conscious customers. This indicates the company’s commitment to diversifying its energy sources for vehicles. Manufacturing facilities in Aurangabad and Pant Nagar are likely to produce this eco-friendly motorcycle.

It’s still early days for the hydrogen-powered project, but the implications are significant. Not only could this lead to more environmentally friendly transportation options, but it could also position Bajaj as a leader in the global shift towards sustainable energy in the two-wheeler industry.

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