Aug 4, 2007

New green buses for Whistler Olympics

A well-known Winnipeg company will build the world's first fleet of Hydrogen buses under a $46 million contract awarded by B.C. Transit.

New Flyer Industries (TSE:NFI) will build the 20 green machines, promising delivery by the end of 2009. The fuel-cell powered, low-floor buses will have a top speed of 90 kilometres an hour and a range of 500 kilometres.

The zero-emission fleet will be based in Whistler, B.C.

The B.C. government, which has promised to cut the province's greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020, says the hydrogen buses will be a visible part of public transportation during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Ballard Power Systems (TSE:BLD) of Burnaby will provide the fuel cell modules and Calgary's Dynetek Industries (TSE:DNK) will supply the hydrogen storage system.

After the games, the buses will become part of the standard BC transit fleet.

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