Coast Mountain Bus Company 7244-7246
Coast Mountain Bus Company 7244-7246 are New Flyer Industries F40LF buses built in 1998. They were originally delivered as hydrogen fuel cell buses in 1998, with BC Transit working in partnership with Ballard Power Systems to deliver a new pilot project. Unfortunately, due to reliability issues, these units were subsequently placed in storage.
7244 and 7246 were converted to diesel-electric hybrid buses around 2004, replacing the Ballard Power Systems Hydrogen Fuel Cell and associated equipment with a diesel engine and parallel hybrid system, while 7245 was sold back to Ballard. Stewart and Stevenson performed this conversion. The buses ran as part of the Testing to Power of Tomorrow Bus Demonstration from 2005 to 2006.
They operated in service until mid-2010 when they were put into storage in the Crane facility near Braid Station and given a very slim chance of returning to service. These buses had spent the past several months sitting in Burnaby Transit Centre. However, by the end of the year, there was a possibility of the buses being reactivated, and the future of these buses is uncertain. They are now currently sitting in Oakridge Transit Centre, awaiting their fate.
|Unit(s)||Engine||Hybrid system||Seating||Destination sign|
|7244-7246||Cummins ISB||GM-Allison EP40 System||38 - American Seating Model 6484||Luminator Super Matrix:MAX|
|Fleet number||Thumbnail||Paint||Date||VIN||License plate||Transit centre||Notes|
|7245||1998||2FYF2LJ15TU016950||6765 CX||Status Unknown||Returned to Ballard|
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