US:Ford's 12-passenger shuttle altered to run on hydrogen
Ford's 12-passenger shuttle altered to run on hydrogen
Detroit Free Press
Free Press staff
Buses demonstrate gasoline alternative
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday unveiled a 12-passenger shuttle bus with an internal combustion engine modified to run on hydrogen rather than gasoline.
The automaker is using the buses to demonstrate the viability of the technology. It will supply two shuttles during the media preview for January's North American International Auto Show.
Gerhard Schmidt, Ford's vice president for research and advanced engineering, announced the shuttle program during a meeting of the Automotive Press Association.
Hydrogen internal combustion engines, or ICEs, burn fuel like a traditional gasoline engine but emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines and are considered a step toward hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles, which emit only water vapor.
The hydrogen buses are made from a modified Ford F-450 chassis cab, combined with a shuttle bus body and a 6.8-liter Triton V10 engine fueled with hydrogen.
Schmidt said the technology could eventually be marketed to customers who need to move people around in an environmentally friendly way. "We think this is an interesting solution for airport transportation, for example."
Tuesday, Ford and Ballard Power Systems rolled out the first in a fleet of 30 experimental fuel-cell Focus small cars that will be tested in four cities, including Taylor.
The automaker is working with BP plc to build hydrogen fueling stations in those cities.
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My next Ford.....