It's got a name that could belong to an early '90s rapper and is the latest sign of the hydrogen economy that's coming any year now. But the H2ICE is actually the name of the Ford Motor Company's commercial hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine, which will find its way into a fleet eight E-450 shuttle buses this month in Florida.
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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