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May 27, 2008
Toronto unveils hydrogen buses at Green Fleet Expo
  
At the third-annual Green Fleet Expo today, Toronto unveiled the newest addition to its fleet - hydrogen buses. Toronto has acquired three hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) buses through a partnership with Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. The City will have the buses for two years through a zero cost lease agreement. One bus will go into service at Exhibition Place, the other two will be available for other agencies, boards, commissions and divisions to use for various City purposes.

“Having a great partner like Ford makes such a project feasible. If we were not able to partner on this project, the City of Toronto would not be able to test hydrogen vehicles in its fleet,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee. “I am very proud of how far we have come in the past five years; it’s impressive and especially important considering our current economic situation. Green vehicles help control fuel costs as well as reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.”

Ford was the first automaker in the world to deliver dedicated hydrogen internal combustion powered shuttle buses for fleet use.

“The hydrogen internal combustion engine program will help Ford of Canada demonstrate the commercial viability of using hydrogen as a safe and clean alternative to fossil fuels,” said Barry Engle, President and CEO, Ford of Canada.

The Green Fleet Expo was organized by Toronto, Hamilton and Fleet Challenge Ontario to provide fleet managers across Canada with an opportunity to learn about new and emerging green technology. There were more than 35 green vehicles on display and available for test drive at this year’s expo, along with displays from various organizations.

“We are pleased to be co-hosting this event once again to showcase the progress we’ve made to implement green fleet technology,” said Chris Hill, Manager of Central Fleet in Hamilton’s Public Works Department. “Hamilton’s leadership and success with this initiative has sparked many municipal fleets across the country to develop green fleet initiatives of their own.”

The Cities of Toronto and Hamilton have taken a lead in transitioning their fleets to greener alternatives and are encouraging other organizations to follow suit. Toronto City Council recently adopted the Green Fleet Plan 2008-2011, the follow up to the Green Fleet Transition Plan 2004-2007.

The Green Fleet Expo will be held in Hamilton next year.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:

Cindy Bromley, Manager, Finance and Administration Communications, City of Toronto, 416-392-4993, cbromley@toronto.ca

Kelly Anderson, Public Affairs Co-ordinator, City of Hamilton, 905-546-2424 ext. 1430, 905-973-4230 (cell), keanders@hamilton.ca

Christine Hollander, Communications Manager, Ford of Canada, 1-514-744-1800 ext. 4255, 1-514-893-2607(cell)


 

 

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