Aug 14, 2007

Ford delivers hydrogen-powered buses to city of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada – Ford and the city of Las Vegas have announced they are adding two hydrogen-fuelled Ford E-450 buses to the city’s fleet, the first city in the western U.S. to use the ultra-clean vehicles. The buses will be fuelled at the city’s West Vehicle Service Center, which provides fuel for all vehicles powered by hydrogen.

“These buses will be great for Nevada for two reasons,” says Nevada senator Harry Reid, who helped to secure a federal grant allowing the city to lease the buses. “First, they will encourage people to use public transportation downtown. Secondly, they rely on clean energy that won’t pollute our air. I am proud to see the city of Las Vegas taking even more steps to reduce Nevada’s reliance on oil.”

The buses use a 6.8-litre V10 engine that has been supercharged and modified to run exclusively on hydrogen. In 2006, Ford delivered three buses to Ottawa and two to Vancouver; they are also used by the Greater Orlando Airport Authority and Orlando Convention Central District in Florida. In all, Ford will deliver thirty buses to customers across North America by the end of 2007.

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