Florida Purchases World's First Commercial Hydrogen Shuttle Buses
Florida purchased the world's first hydrogen shuttle buses in early January at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. Ford Motor Company expects to begin commercial production of the E-450 shuttle buses later this year. They will come equipped with a 6.8-liter V-10 internal combustion engine that runs entirely on hydrogen. The only emissions coming out of the tailpipe will be water vapor. For details on the shuttle, see Ford's October 6 press release.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush said, "Hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth, existing in our air, drinking water, and fuel. Using hydrogen as a renewable power source decreases America's dependence on foreign oil, protects air quality, and diversifies our economy." The shuttle purchase follows eighteen months after Bush established the state's hydrogen program, H2 Florida.
The buses will go into service in 2006 in central Florida. For details, see the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's January 9 press release.