British Columbia (BC Transit)

In 2007, BC Transit awarded a $46.4 million contract for manufacture of a demonstration fleet of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses, with delivery by the end of 2009. The new fleet is based in Whistler as part of public transportation before, during and after the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The low-floor buses have a range of 500 km, a top speed of 90 km/h and a life expectancy of 20 years. These buses are providing a 62% reduction in GHGemissions relative to their diesel equivalents, based on a fuelling solution with liquid hydrogen.

BC Transit has a contract with Air Liquide Canada Inc. of Montreal in place to supply hydrogen for the vehicles.

The development of a hydrogen bus fleet is part of B.C.ís commitment to fuel cell technologies and the Hydrogen Highway as part of the overall plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.

Canadian transit authorities are investigating broader deployment of fuel cell technology into the community shuttle bus network that exists in many urban areas.

The BC-Transit Fuel-Cell Bus

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