Hydrogen Shuttle Buses Go Operational in Charlottetown
The federal government is investing $275,000 for the buses, with the province chipping in $100,000. Air Liquide Canada, which is providing the hydrogen for the vehicles, is contributing $175,000 toward the year-long pilot project.
Two new hydrogen-fuelled buses will soon start shuttling passengers around Charlottetown.
The buses, part of a Canada-wide pilot project, were announced Friday by representatives of the federal and provincial governments. The Ford vehicles will carry 12 passengers each and run on a hydrogen combustion engine, producing no hydrocarbon waste or greenhouse gases.
Premier Robert Ghiz said eventually Prince Edward Island hopes to develop its own hydrogen sources through its wind farms.
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles present an attractive option for troops as they are quieter than conventional internal combustion engines and produce less heat, and may also be used as a platform for powering weapons.