Ford Vehicles Help Florida Jump Start Its Hydrogen Highway
Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are shown at the groundbreaking for Florida's first hydrogen fueling station in Orlando, Friday, Feb. Feb. 18, 2005. From left, Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen M. Castille, Gregory M. Vesey, ChevronTexaco, Bush, Ford, Florida Sen. Lee Constantine and Dale Oliver, Progress Energy. At rear is one of eight Ford V-10, E-450 hydrogen powered shuttle busses built by Ford. Ford Motor Company Chairman & CEO Bill Ford joined Florida Governor Jeb Bush to launch state's Hydrogen Highway
A leader in hydrogen-powered vehicle development, Ford Motor Company is producing eight V-10, Ford E-450 shuttle buses powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines for the State of Florida.
Ford is partnering with BP and the State of Florida to place a demonstration fleet of Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicles on the road as part of a U.S. Department of Energy project.
Ford is the only automaker actively developing four alternative-fuel vehicle technologies: gasoline-electric hybrids, clean diesel, hydrogen internal combustions engines and hydrogen fuel cells.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Citing Ford Motor Company's commitment to creating a better world through innovation, technical excellence and alternative-fuel vehicle development, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford today joined Florida Governor Jeb Bush to launch the state's Hydrogen Highway and break ground for its first hydrogen fueling station.
"Ford Motor Company is pleased to support Florida's Hydrogen Highway initiative with the production of our hydrogen-powered vehicles," Ford said. "When innovative technology is supported by forward-thinking leaders in government and private industry, great things begin to emerge."
Ford Motor Company is producing eight V-10, E-450 shuttle buses powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines for the state. In addition, Ford is partnering with BP to place a fleet of Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicles on Florida roads as part of a U.S. Department of Energy demonstration project. Ford is the only automaker actively developing four alternative-fuel technologies: gasoline-electric hybrids, clean diesels, hydrogen internal combustion engines and hydrogen fuel cells.
In 2003, Governor Bush launched "H2 Florida," a statewide initiative to accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen technologies. Florida became one of three national sites to demonstrate Ford's hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with fueling support by BP America. Bush is currently prosing a $15 million fiscal year 2005-2006 budget to support development of Florida's Hydrogen Highway and additional infrastructure advancement.