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Ballard field tests fuel cell bus

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Ballard Power Systems and XCELLSIS Fuel Cell Engines have concluded a two-year demonstration of fuel-cell-powered buses and are now moving on to field trials with two California tran...


CLEAN MACHINE: A fuel cell-powered bus.
CLEAN MACHINE: A fuel cell-powered bus.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Ballard Power Systems and XCELLSIS Fuel Cell Engines have concluded a two-year demonstration of fuel-cell-powered buses and are now moving on to field trials with two California transit authorities.

The SunLine Transit Agency in Palm Springs, and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland will both participate in field trials of the pre-production fuel cell bus engines, following the successful conclusion of a two-year demonstration with Vancouver’s TransLink.

TransLink helped demonstrate three of the company’s fuel cell buses, which run on fuel cells that combine hydrogen (from something such as methanol or natural gas) and oxygen to generate electricity. The resulting exhaust is nothing but water vapor.

The partner companies plan to have a commercial product ready by 2002. n


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