February 21, 2005
Ford vehicles help Florida jump start hydrogen use
Orlando, Florida – Citing his company’s commitment to creating a better world through innovation and alternative-fuel development, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford joined Florida governor Jeb Bush to break ground for the state’s first hydrogen fuelling station, a launch for Florida’s Hydrogen Highway.
Ford is producing eight V10 shuttle buses for the state, powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines. In addition, Ford is partnering with BP to place a fleet of Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles on Florida roads as part of a U.S. Department of Energy demonstration project. Currently, Ford is the only automaker actively developing four alternative-fuel technologies: gasoline-electric hybrids, clean diesels, hydrogen internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells.
The project, dubbed “H2 Florida”, was launched in 2003, designed to accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen technologies state-wide. Governor Bush is currently proposing a U.S.$15 million fiscal year 2005-2006 budget to support development of Florida’s Hydrogen Highway and additional infrastructure advancement. The legislation includes income tax and sales incentives for research and development, manufacturing and purchasing or leasing hydrogen fuelled technologies; matching grants for demonstration projects; state-wide uniform standards for hydrogen infrastructure; and financial incentives for utilities to demonstrate, purchase or lease hydrogen technology.