Whistler Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration Project to be Discontinued

13 Dec 2013

Ballard bus

The government of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada has announced it will not be continuing with the Whistler hydrogen fuel-cell bus demonstration project when it expires at the end of March 2014. The twenty buses will instead be replaced with diesel buses.

Transport Minister Todd Stone said in a statement that the focus of the pilot program was to evaluate daily fuel-cell bus performance, strengthen the fuel-cell industry in B.C., and showcase the province as a leader in clean energy. Paul Cass, vice-president of operations for Ballard Power Systems which manufactured the Whistler buses, commented “The program’s been very successful. It’s achieved everything we wanted it to.”

Stone added: "The demonstration of this zero-emission bus fleet at Whistler has enabled industry to improve their knowledge of hydrogen fuel cell buses, generating international business opportunities for this made-in-BC technology. As a result, the next generation of buses are being deployed around the world."

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