Ford Delivers Ultra-clean Hydrogen Powered Buses To Detroit Metropolitan Airport

The Wayne County Airport Authority, Ford Motor Company, Congressman John Dingell, and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to provide hydrogen-fueled shuttle buses between terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

This delivery has been made possible by a partnership between Ford, the Wayne County Airport Authority, and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Congressman Dingell represents Michigan’s 15th District and is supporting the project through a grant from the Department of Energy.

According to Ziad Ojakli, Ford group vice president of Government and Community Relations, these buses support Ford Motor Company’s goal of reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependency. As a result of our partnership with the State of Michigan and Wayne County, these buses have been able to be placed into service so that both locals and visitors can enjoy this unique form of transportation. Also, the buses demonstrate Michigan’s commitment to innovation and sustainable mobility.”

Congressman Dingell, who played a major role in securing funding for the project, said he is delighted that people visiting Detroit Metropolitan Airport will be able to see this fine example of American engineering. Ford makes some of the best green cars out there right now.

“The airport and the SEMCOG deserve credit for their efforts on this project and prove time and again their commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and producing fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Those who have brought this opportunity to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, including Ford, SEMCOG, and Rep. Dingell, have been deeply appreciated, said Lester Robinson, CEO of Wayne County Airport Authority. Our commitment to reducing airport emissions and providing a more sustainable transportation system will be supported by this cooperative partnership, which will provide the Airport Authority with new technology.

“A new example of Wayne County’s commitment to alternative transportation fuels is this partnership with these energy-efficient buses. We applaud them,” said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. Since 2006, Wayne County has purchased nearly one million gallons of biodiesel, making it one of the leading government users of this fuel..”

Several cities use hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles from Ford, who was the first manufacturer to introduce them to the real world.

As a result of Ford’s bus deliveries to Greater Orlando Airport Authority, Orlando Convention Central District, SeaWorld Orlando, University of Missouri Raleigh, Las Vegas, San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Prince Edward Island, Ottawa and Vancouver, ten buses have been delivered to Canada. Of the 30 buses built, 23 have been delivered to commercial customers to date.

A 6.8-liter V-10 internal combustion engine is used to power the Ford E-450 shuttle buses, which is supercharged and modified to use hydrogen fuel exclusively. Taylor, Mich., is located just east of the airport and will provide the fuel for the new buses.

Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Technology
In addition to being very efficient, all-weather capable, and emitting virtually no greenhouse gases (CO2), hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines also have many other advantages. As Ford continues its research into hydrogen power as an alternative fuel, hydrogen internal combustion engine shuttle buses will provide valuable real-world experience.

It is Ford’s strategy to provide sustainable mobility that uses multiple technologies to meet customer demands, environmental impact, and shareholder interests. Using this flexibility, the company can meet customer demands, environmental impact, and shareholder interests at the same time. Ford’s EcoBoost gasoline turbo direct injection engines are just one of the technologies that are being discussed in the strategy, which does not focus on a single solution. Ford will be able to offer better fuel economy to millions of vehicles with EcoBoost while retaining affordability and performance. In addition to hybrids, clean diesels, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and plug-in hybrids, Ford is currently developing other alternative fuel technologies.

About Ford Motor Company
The Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Company manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 countries on six continents. Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda are among the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands, which have approximately 245,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide. Ford Motor Credit Company provides finance to customers. For more information about Ford, see the Ford Motor Credit Company website.

About the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Nearly 36 million passengers travel through Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), one of the busiest airports in the world. Aside from serving as Northwest Airlines’ biggest hub in the world and fifth largest in revenue passenger miles, DTW is home to 16 additional airlines, including several low-cost carriers and six foreign flag carriers. DTW offers nonstop flights to more than 160 destinations worldwide each day. Keep checking back for more information at

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