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PHOTO CAPTION: One of 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses in operation in Canadian resort town.

Whistler, BC Fuel Cell Buses Achieve Operational Milestone

Whistler's fleet of 20 buses, each equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell from Ballard, have accumulated 1.5 million miles of service since beginning operation.

Published: 23-Sep-2012

Whistler, British Columbia, an iconic resort town in Canada. The town is also home to a pilot project from Ballard Power Systems concerning hydrogen powered buses. Whistler boasts of a fleet of 20 buses, each equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell from Ballard. The pilot project’s aim is to show the viability of hydrogen fuel in transportation and collect data concerning the performance of fuel cells in Whistler’s acclaimed terrain. The Whistler fleet of buses has reached a major milestone this month: The hydrogen powered buses have traveled more than 1.5 million miles since beginning operation.

Buses perform well in rugged terrain

Whistler was chosen as the location for the pilot project specifically for its terrain. Whistler’s surroundings have made it a popular tourist destination, especially for those that enjoy outdoor activities. The rugged, mountainous terrain presents a challenge for hydrogen fuel cells, but one they are more than capable of handling, according to Ballard. In passing such a significant milestone, some of the doubt surrounding the performance of fuel cells in transportation may be put to rest.

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