2009: Largest fuel cell electric transit bus fleet unveiled for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

In 2009, BC Transit unveiled its fleet of 20 fuel cell electric transit buses (FCEBs) which would operate during the 2010 Winter Olympic games, being hosted in Vancouver and Whistler. New Flyer was the prime contractor and supplier of the bus chassis while ISE purchased Ballard fuel cells and completed integration engineering for the drive system, as well as design and engineering of energy storage, the fuel cell cooling system, controls and software.  The fleet demonstrated FCEBs’s acceleration, range, noise reduction, temperature – were comparable to or exceeded conventional diesel buses.