VICTORIA - The B.C. government is two more stops along the road to its so-called $quot;Hydrogen Highway$quot; with a deal that will see the construction of two fuelling stations for a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses.
BC Transit has signed a $20 million contract with Air Liquide Canada Inc. of Montreal to supply hydrogen for the new, non-polluting buses, which will begin to arrive next summer.
Air Liquide, along with two other companies, will build fuelling stations in Whistler and at a BC Transit centre in Langford, near Victoria.
The first fuel cell buses will be tested in Victoria next summer, and when all the vehicles are ready to go they'll be based in Whistler as part of public transportation for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon says it will be the largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses in the world.
The B.C. government envisions a hydrogen highway reaching from Whistler to California as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouses gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.