participate in "Project Driveway" - an innovative market test that is
influencing Chevrolet's efforts to eliminate petroleum use and CO2
At the Shell station on Benning Road Northeast, General Motors
President and Chief Operating Officer, Fritz Henderson, today presented
the keys to the area's first motorists to be selected to test drive
away in advanced technology hydrogen fuel cell powered Chevrolet
Equinox electric vehicles. Identified at the 2008 Washington Auto Show,
Tom Albert of Alexandria, Va., and Nick Williams of Washington D.C.,
will join drivers from Southern California and the New York
metropolitan area in GM's "Project Driveway" -- the world's largest
fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and first comprehensive market
test of this innovative technology.
Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell is an important facet of GM's overall strategy
to remove the automobile from the environmental and energy equation. It
uses no petroleum and zero greenhouse gases are released. The only
emission is clean water vapor.
the next two months, Albert and Williams will be putting their test
vehicles through the paces of everyday commutes and the wear and tear
of real world use. Their candid feedback on their experiences, provided
in exchange for use of the test vehicles, will help GM's Chevrolet
division refine the technology and marketing plans - speeding the
availability of electric vehicles and other advanced technologies to
advanced propulsion strategy is to offer a broad range of clean and
efficient vehicles, powered by various energy sources to address
societal needs to reduce our reliance on oil and meet the needs of our
customers," said Henderson.
putting these advanced technology vehicles in the driveways of families
around the country, we're gaining valuable insight into driver
experiences which is essential to making hydrogen-powered electric
vehicles a part of our solution."
than 61,000 customers have identified themselves as potential Project
Driveway participants through the Fuel Solutions site on www.chevrolet.com.
Most volunteers say they want to participate as a way to help shape the
future of automobiles and be a part of the solution to environmental
concerns and our nation's dependency on petroleum.
Albert said that he hopes his experience with the Chevy Equinox
electric vehicle will help replace the gasoline engine with better
alternatives such as hydrogen fuel cell technology. "It's exciting to
be a part of something much bigger that has the potential to change
what fuels America's cars."
agrees. "I see Project Driveway as a way to make a difference and
provide some meaningful benefit to the environment," Williams says.
the next two years, more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox electric vehicles
will be given to a variety of drivers, from community leaders,
celebrities and government officials to the general public.