India could get its first fuel-cell car in the form of the Toyota Mirai. The Japanese carmaker is actively looking at the feasibility of alternate fuel-celled cars or hydrogen cars for India and the Mirai tops the list among other options.
The news comes in as the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council in its 28th meeting held under the Chairmanship of Piyush Goyal , Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Corporate Affairs announced that the tax on fuel cell vehicles has been brought down to 12 per cent from the earlier 28 per cent. The GST council added that the compensation cess shall also be exempted on fuel-celled vehicles. The GST council incidentally has also reduced the taxes on lithium ion batteries from 28% to 18%.
Other fuel cell vehicles in India include the Tata Motors Starbus Electric 9m, Starbus Electric 12m and the Starbus Hybrid 12m range of buses, which are designed, developed, powered by alternate fuels and made in India. The Hydrogen Powered Starbus Fuel Cell bus is a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commute and has been developed in partnership with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).
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