January 21, 2010
Vancouver and Victoria Welcome Visitors to the 2010 Olympics with the World's Largest Fleet of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses – and DeckX Helps Make it Happen.
As part of a five-year, $89 million project, the cities of Vancouver and Victoria have taken delivery during the last three months of over 100 hydrogen fuel-cell buses. With no exhaust emissions beyond water vapour, over twenty of these buses make up the bulk of the Whistler bus system operating at the Olympic site.
Manufactured by New Flyer Industries in Winnipeg, and incorporating fuel cells developed by Burnaby's Ballard Power Systems, the buses showcase Canadian ingenuity and talent in an emerging technology that will help deal with greenhouse gas emissions.
Although the project was announced in 2008, delivery of the buses only began in November of last year, and the challenges in shipping so many prior to the Olympics were considerable. DeckX proved up to that challenge. According to Bruce Black, Customs and Traffic Manager with New Flyer Industries, it was only due to the immense efforts and patience of the drivers, dispatchers and the rest of the DeckX team that the buses arrived intact and on time. In a letter of thanks to DeckX, Black commented "You have gone beyond what is expected of a carrier!"