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Vancouver continues its two-fold path towards reducing gasoline usage (H2 and plug-ins) with a new fleet of eight Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles that will used during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Games start February 12. The fuel cell vehicles are being used for test drives now and will shuttle athletes, journalists, organizers and more around town during the Olympics, part of a GM fleet that is made up of over 4,600 vehicles. The hydrogen-powered Equinoxes were engineered and made in Canada. Come February, GM will also send two Chevy Volts to steal the show for PR duty. The GM vehicles will operate in town until the Games are finished.

[Source: GM]


Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Fleet Helps Drive Cleaner 2010 Winter Games

Zero-emission Fleet Supports VANOC Sustainability Goals

October 26, 2009

Vancouver, BC (October 26, 2009) - The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games got a little greener today with the launch of the zero emission Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell demonstration fleet that will operate in Vancouver until the end of the Games.

Four Equinox fuel cell vehicles are on the ground today and ready for test drives, with another four expected in the coming weeks. The fleet will transport a wide array of people, including the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) representatives, media, athletes, government representatives and everyday Vancouver drivers, to experience the benefits of hydrogen fuel cells and to see just how far GM's fuel cell research has advanced.

"With the only emissions being wisps of water vapour, these vehicles are a perfect match for VANOC's sustainability goals and they nicely complement the broad range of fuel efficient technologies featured in the vehicle fleet we have supplied for the 2010 Games." said Matt Crossley, GM Canada's director of engineering. "We are genuinely excited to allow the people of British Columbia experience this viable green technology first-hand."

"We are fortunate to have found a partner in GM Canada who shares in our values of sustainability, creativity and excellence," said John Furlong, VANOC CEO. "VANOC is very proud to use the spotlight of the Games to highlight the cutting edge "clean" technology of these impressive hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."

The Chevrolet Fuel Cell Equinox is Canadian engineered and manufactured and became part of the world's largest consumer fuel cell demonstration fleet. Launched in November of 2007 in three U.S. cities, the fleet is comprised of 115 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles. More than 5,000 consumer drives have occurred since the launch, racking up over 1.7 million kilometres of gasoline and tailpipe pollution-free driving, saving more than 189,000 litres of gasoline.

As a National Partner, GM Canada's commitment to the 2010 Winter Games includes the contribution of an extensive fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles. The fleet will include over 4,600 fuel efficient sedans, passenger vans, SUVs and trucks from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac and more than 30 percent of these will have advanced green technologies.

These include on-road technologies like hybrid systems, flex fuel capability and active fuel management systems that make GM vehicles serious contributors to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and ultimately, a perfect fit for use by Games' organizers and volunteers leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Games.

GM's commitment will also include the addition of two Chevrolet Volts in February. The Volt is Chevrolet's extended range electric vehicle that can travel up to 65km on a single charge before its range extending generator kicks in providing energy to power the car

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Having that wind farm in the background is a bit misleading.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True. The hydrogen for the fuel cell vehicles will be provided by the Sacre-Davey Group.

        The hydrogen will be produced via electrolysis using hydro-electricity as well as recovered waste gas from HTEC's waste H2 processing plant.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow the debut of the volt will be in Canada in February? They much be feeling confident about cold weather performance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (taps fingers on desk rhythmically)

      Nice, very nice. Fuel cells continue to progress...
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM CEO quoted in the Washington Post:

        Is GM pulling back on its hydrogen car?

        "Are we putting resources into it? Not as much. . . . We spent through the mid part of this decade a reasonably high portion of our research and our development money on hydrogen fuel cells. We put 100 vehicles into the market. Consumers have tested them . . . We've learned a lot. The vehicles work. The issue is always cost, 100 percent cost. [He put the cost of the vehicles at upwards of $400,000.]

        "It's still a ways away from commercialization. No question."
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...If you consider 8 out of 4,600 as "progress". There will probably be more BEVs there, so I guess Plug-ins are progressing, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris. Hey, that's nothing to sneeze at. It's almost two tenths of a percent. (/irony)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are they still using the gen4 stack?

        • 5 Years Ago
        So then they might not use last year's ugly Equinox model? The new models are so much easier on the eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're referring to the stock photo, it's just that. Not meant to be representative of the vehicles in use in Vancouver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most likely to be some of the old H2FC Equinox that were used for "Project Driveway", having gone through bankruptcy GM doesn't have a lot of money for new half million dollar fuel cell vehicles. I'm assuming they aren't nearing the end of their 80,000 mile lifespan. Don't want them failing in the middle of such a big promotional event, after all.

        8 out of a 4,600 vehicle fleet doesn't sound like much, but it's darn near the total H2FC fleet in Canada. Come to think of it, I'll bet there will be more plug-ins there - heck, I think there will probably be more Tesla Roadsters there for the Olympics!
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      Im anxious to see the volt hit the market for real after hearing about it 2000 times since years. Im sure it will be a short fad, mainly too costly because it's weighty but if it drive good on the road then it may be a success.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah I'm anxious to see how the volt performs in terms of sales too. I expect it to disappoint unless gasoline doubles in price or something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So GM will have 2007 model Equinoxes to show how cool hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are? Hmmm.

      The wind farm isn't misleading, so long as the Volt is photographed in front of 1/3 as many windmills :-) But if GM/Vancouver doesn't actually fill these up with hydrogen produced using renewable energy, then I hope activists find and photograph the fossil fuel plant producing the hydrogen whose only emission is "wisps of water vapour".
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