Dec 14, 2006

New Flyer gets $9 million

New Flyer Industries is receiving $9 million from the U.S. government to develop hydrogen fuel cell buses for the Federal Transit Administration.

The Winnipeg company - which employes 1,800 Manitobans - is one of three companies working together on the projects, announced Wednesday in San Diego.

The FTA offered New Flyer $6 million to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell bus for Washington, D.C. in conjunction with California-based ISE Corporation, which makes hybrid engines.

Another $3 million is being offered to develop advanced hydrogen fuel-cell buses for the hot, dry weather in Thousand Palms, Calif. That project will be done with the California company SunLine Transit.

The projects were announced as part of Premier Gary Doer’s trade mission to southern Ca

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