Tata Motors secures CMVR type approval for India’s first green hydrogen fuel cell EV bus

In a pioneering milestone for India’s automotive sector, Tata Motors Ltd. has been granted the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) Type Approval certificate for its groundbreaking Model TATA STARBUS 4/12 FCEV, a Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (EV) Bus, and its variants. This positions Tata Motors as the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in India to secure the Type Approval certificate with full compliance for all notified provisions of CMVR.

The official certificate handover ceremony took place today, marking a significant achievement in the realm of sustainable transportation. Dr. Reji Mathai, Director of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), presented the CMVR Type Approval certificate to Mr. Rajendra Petkar, Chief Technical Officer of Tata Motors Ltd. The event witnessed the presence of senior leadership teams from both ARAI and Tata Motors Ltd., underscoring the importance of this groundbreaking accomplishment.


The TATA STARBUS 4/12 FCEV, powered by Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology, represents a paradigm shift towards eco-friendly public transportation in India. Hydrogen Fuel Cells generate electricity through a clean chemical process, emitting only water vapor and heat as byproducts. This innovative technology holds immense promise in addressing environmental concerns associated with traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

With this certification, the TATA STARBUS 4/12 FCEV and its variants are now positioned for commercial deployment, marking a crucial step in realizing cleaner and greener public transport options.The collaboration between Tata Motors and ARAI signifies the importance of synergies between industry players and research organizations in driving technological advancements. This achievement not only positions Tata Motors as a trailblazer in sustainable mobility but also reinforces India’s role in the global transition towards eco-friendly transportation.

Boasting features like regenerative braking, Electronic Braking System (EBS), and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), it prioritizes safety and efficiency. The roomy interiors, compliant with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), offer comfort and customization options. Technical specifications include a 19.5-tonne GVW, 35+ seating capacity, and a 250-300km range. With a liquid-cooled fuel cell stack and compressed hydrogen gas tank, it sets a new standard for sustainable urban transportation.