As the White House Correspondents Association gathers in the nation's capitol this weekend to celebrate its coverage (such as it is) of the government, many of them will be shuttled around in gasoline free vehicles. Honda has stepped up to the plate with a fleet of vehicles that includes mostly the natural gas fueled Civic GX, but also a fuel cell powered FCX Clarity.

The Honda vehicles will be used to move guests to a variety of events all weekend including the black tie gala on Saturday night.

Chevrolet is also getting in on the act in a smaller way. Former secretary of state Colin Powell will get to the Saturday night dinner in one of the pre-production Chevrolet Volts. So far there is no word on what gala headliner Jay Leno will be riding in.

[Source: Honda, Detroit News]

PRESS RELEASE

Honda Provides Gasoline-Free Vehicles for White House Correspondents' Association Weekend Zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to shuttle guests and VIPs to annual black tie gala

04/30/2010 - TORRANCE, Calif. -


In support of the White House Correspondents' Association's (WHCA) effort to reduce the carbon impact surrounding its annual black tie gala, Honda will be providing a gasoline-free fleet of vehicles to shuttle select VIPs and guests to the event. The eco-friendly Honda cars will hit the streets of Washington D.C. from April 30 through May 1, shuttling passengers to the WHCA dinner and to the various events that run throughout the weekend.

The highlight of the fleet will be the use of a zero emissions, hydrogen powered FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. The sleek and modern sedan is propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in an on-board hydrogen fuel cell. The FCX Clarity's only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile and two times that of a gasoline-powered hybrid vehicle.

Along with the FCX Clarity, several compressed natural gas -powered Civic GXs will be transporting guests around Washington D.C. The Honda Civic GX is the cleanest internal combustion vehicle ever certified by the EPA and was named the "Greenest Vehicle" by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

To kick off the Correspondents' Weekend, the gasoline-free fleet will transport select invitees to the Honda, The Washington Post and Funnyordie.com sponsored First Amendment Party in Georgetown. The second annual event takes place on April 30th and benefits the Impact Arts + Film Fund, a Washington D.C.-based arts organization.


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