Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association


Case Study - BC Transit Fuel Cell Bus Fleet

Case Study - BC Transit Fuel Cell Bus Fleet

Hydrogen fuel cell buses emit nothing but water. Step aboard and help the environment.

BC Transit is supporting British Columbia’s Hydrogen Highway by implementing the world’s largest demonstration fleet of fuel cell electric buses in Whistler, BC.

In addition to producing zero greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions, hydrogen fuel cell electric buses contribute to a better quality of life.

These benefits are attracting transit agencies worldwide to test and evaluate fuel cell electric buses in their fleets. BC Transit, a provincial Crown Corporation responsible for 81 transit systems in 52 communities throughout British Columbia, Canada, is committed to identifying, evaluating and adopting new technologies that support the environment and improve public transit.

Following a trial of earlier generation fuel cell electric buses from 1998 to 2000, BC Transit is again leading the way to cleaner air with 20 fuel cell electric buses and the hydrogen to fuel them. With assistance from the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, the buses will be showcased in the Resort Municipality of Whistler during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Following the Games, the buses will be placed in regular service at Whistler.

Benefits of Fuel Cell Electric Buses:

  • Improvement in air quality
  • Reduction in diesel fuel consumption
  • More pleasant riding experience for transit drivers and users due to their smooth ride

The 41’ buses from Winnipeg bus manufacturer New Flyer will feature a Dynetek compressed hydrogen fuel storage, an ISE hybrid electric drive, Valence lithium-phosphate batteries for energy storage, and a 150 kW fuel cell module provided by Ballard Power Systems. Air Liquide is supplying hydrogen to the buses, and has built a 1,000 kg hydrogen fuelling station in Whistler, BC.