British Columbia is actively pusuring a Hydrogen Highway, announcing Monday that
“The Province is a step closer to deploying the world’s first fleet of hydrogen buses with $45 million that will go toward the production of 20 buses and development of hydrogen fuelling stations in Whistler and Victoria. Premier Gordon Campbell announced [this] at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2007 international conference and trade show in Vancouver.”
“Our goal is to see the world’s first fleet of fuel cell buses on B.C. roads by the end of 2009 to showcase B.C.’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the potential of hydrogen technology as an energy solution,” said Premier Campbell. “This funding will ensure that the hydrogen highway that will run from Whistler to Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria will become a reality. We will continue our work with our partners in the U.S. to extend the Hydrogen Highway from Whistler to San Diego by 2010.”
Now, there can be several drivers for this project. Clearly, that the region has hydrogen research and industry, check. How about, as well, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and having this as a showpiece for that?