Mahindra's 3-wheelers can now boast of also being the world's first hydrogen 3-wheeler. The HyAlfa, based on the Alfa 3-wheeler range is part of the the DelHy-3W project, a JV between Mahindra, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi).
The three-year long and USD 1 million project was co-funded by all three organisations. Hydrogen is a carbon-free fuel and carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of sulphur and particulates are totally absent from the exhaust. The only by-product is water, while it offers a terrific fuel consumption of 80 kilometres to one kilogram of hydrogen.
Mahindra has produced 15 of these vehicles, with IIT Delhi providing technical expertise on this project. Air Products USA has acted as a partner and has provided a refueling station at Pragati Maidan where the fleet will be currently operating.