It’ll be a decade before you’ll see soccer moms driving around in fuel-cell-powered minivans, but the technology is beginning to come into its own.

The B.C. leg of the “hydrogen highway” will be completed before the 2010 Games, and in the next eight months Whistler will launch the world’s first fuel-cell bus fleet.

Yesterday, a dozen fuel-cell vehicles, built by seven automakers, finished a nine-day trek from California to Vancouver to showcase the technology.

Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, said four carmakers plan to commercialize fuel-cell vehicles by 2015.

She said B.C. is a “leader” in building hydrogen-fuelling stations for vehicles.

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