Ford to Test FCVs in Regular Use in Vancouver

March 25, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

The Canadian division of Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) announced that it will put four hydrogen-powered, sub-compact, Focus fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) on the roads of Vancouver this year in a real-world test of fuel cell technology. Vancouver was chosen for the long-term test because fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Vancouver, BC, Canada), in which Ford has an ownership stake, is based there.

This is the first such long-term test for fuel cell vehicles, although manufacturers have prototypes running for short periods of time in North America and Europe. The fleet of cars, which will run on a combination of Ballard fuel cells and batteries, would be tested for a couple of years. At least one FCV will go to the City of Vancouver. The vehicles are part of a three-year project in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada and Fuel Cells Canada, a government-industry partnership.