December 8, 2006

Ford delivers first hydrogen-fueled buses for fleet use in Canada

Ford E450 hydrogen-powered bus
Ford E450 hydrogen-powered bus. Click image to enlarge

Ottawa, Ontario – Ford of Canada has become the first automaker to deliver hydrogen-fueled vehicles for fleet use in Canada, with the delivery of three shuttle buses that will replace gasoline-powered buses used by the Senate in Ottawa. Ford is also preparing seven more hydrogen shuttle buses for use in other regions of Canada.

The shuttle buses are part of the Senate’s environmental initiative, and will be in everyday use. Industry Canada has invested $4.2 million toward the shuttle bus demonstration project. The government’s contribution is part of an $8.5 million project being undertaken by Ford of Canada, in partnership with the not-for-profit clean energy group ATFCAN, to demonstrate the operation of hydrogen-powered shuttle buses in real-world conditions.

Five firms in four provinces were involved in the development, testing and production of the buses, including Dynetek Industries of Calgary, which made the high-pressure storage tanks; Ford’s engine plant in Windsor, Ontario, which made the 6.8-litre engine; Air Liquide of Montreal, supplying the fuel; and Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil of St.-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec, which made the bodies. Cold-weather testing was done in northern Manitoba.

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