Ford will start making fleet of hydrogen-powered buses this month
The 12-passenger E-450, "first introduced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, is equipped with a 30-gallon equivalent, 5,000 pounds-per-square-inch hydrogen fuel tank. It's propelled by a re-engineered version of Ford's 6.8-liter V-10 engine, which produces near-zero emissions," according to Fuel Cell Works. Getting the buses ready meant lots of testing, which John Lapetz, manager, Ford Hydrogen Vehicle Program, said puts Ford ahead of other automotive companies in the hydrogen race.
"By putting ourselves through the trials of coming up with a production-ready vehicle, we have learned what would have never learned by simply doing research," said Lapetz in a press release. "We've solved some durability and extreme weather issues that have given us a real head start on those that are still doing small one-off programs."
[Source: Fuel Cell Works]
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