May 24, 2007

Ford delivers first hydrogen-powered buses to U.S. customers

Ford E-450 Hydrogen bus
Ford E-450 Hydrogen bus. Click image to enlarge

Orlando, Florida – Ford Motor Company and the State of Florida have announced they are putting a fleet of eight hydrogen-fuelled Ford E-450 buses on the road in Orlando. It will be the first U.S. city to take delivery of the buses, which will be fuelled at a Chevron Hydrogen station.

Each bus is powered by a 6.8-litre V10 engine that has been supercharged and modified to run exclusively on hydrogen fuel. Two will be used by the Greater Orlando Airport Authority and two by the Orlando Convention Central District; the remaining four will be delivered to customers in Florida at a later date.

In late 2006, Ford delivered three buses in Ottawa and two in Vancouver; by year’s end, it will deliver 30 buses to customers across North America. Last year, the company delivered five hybrid hydrogen Ford Focus Fuel Cell vehicles, as part of a separate effort with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Progress Energy, to gain feedback on hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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