Ballard to Power First Canadian FCV Fleet

June 08, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Vancouver, BC, Canada) announced that its fuel cell power trains will power a fleet of five Ford Focus fuel cell vehicles, in Vancouver, in a three-year field trial program to begin early in 2004. The demonstration is a collaboration between Fuel Cells Canada, Ford Motor Co. and the provincial and federal governments.

"Ballard is proud to support the launch of Ford's customer demonstration fleet here in Vancouver, which marks Canada's first fuel cell car demonstration program," said Dennis Campbell, Ballard's president and chief executive officer. "These five cars are the first of up to 100 Ford fuel cell vehicles, powered by Ballard™, that will be placed in service through 2005. With this demonstration program, the Government of Canada is helping Canadians remain at the forefront of the fuel cell industry and furthering the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles."