August 20-27, 2007

New Flyer Industries awarded $46.4M contract to build fuel cell bus fleet

WINNIPEG, MAN-New Flyer Industries of Winnipeg has been awarded a $46.4-million contract by BC Transit to build a fleet of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses, with delivery slated by the end of 2009. The low-floor buses will have a range of 500 km, a top speed of 90 km per hour and a life expectancy of 20 years. The three main sub-contractors on this bus fleet project are ISE Corporation of San Diego, which is responsible for the hybrid drive system; Ballard Power Systems of Burnaby, which will provide the fuel cell modules; and Dynetek Industries of Calgary, which will work on the hydrogen storage system. When operational in late 2009, the new fleet will initially be based in Whistler and will be a very visible part of public transportation during the 2010 Winter Olympics. In November 2006, the British Columbia government allocated an initial $10 million for development of the hydrogen fuel cell bus concept. The federal Public Transit Capital Trust fund committed $45 million to the fuel cell bus fleet and accompanying hydrogen fuelling stations. BC Transit will cover the remaining $34 million of the overall funding for the day-to-day operations of the new bus fleet for a period of up to five years.

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