[Source: General Motors]
Chevrolet Picks First D.C.-Area Drivers to Participate in World's Largest Fuel Cell Vehicle Market Test
Local drivers play important role in the future of automotive transportation and electric car development
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mark LaNeve, General Motors North America vice president for Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing, today kicked off the Washington Auto Show by introducing the first D.C.-area drivers to participate in the world's largest market test of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
Tom Albert of Alexandria, Va., and Nick Williams of Washington, D.C., are the first area residents to join "Project Driveway," a comprehensive deployment of more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. will test-drive this fleet of fuel cell vehicles, and their feedback will help GM further develop and bring to market electric vehicles and other advanced technologies.
The Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell is an important component of GM's overall strategy to remove the automobile from the environmental and energy equation. It is an electric vehicle powered by GM's fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system. It uses no gasoline and with hydrogen as its fuel, the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell emits only water vapor and zero greenhouse gases.
Albert cites an interest in environmentally friendly technology as his motivation to be part of this innovative program. "I believe fuel cells will be the ultimate replacement for the gasoline engine, and I hope my involvement will be one part of helping bring this technology closer to reality," he said.
Williams is an admitted car buff since childhood who also has concerns about the environment and the nation's growing energy demands. "Participating in Project Driveway is one way for me to make a difference," said Williams. "I am hopeful that fuel cell technology will ultimately be of some meaningful benefit to the environment."
Everyday consumers and their families participating in Project Driveway will take delivery of their Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles for about two months in exchange for frequent and detailed insight on their personal experiences while using the vehicles as part of their daily driving routines.
"We're looking for these pioneers to deliver honest and constructive impressions – the kind of feedback that only families on the go can give us – about their day-to-day use of the vehicles," said LaNeve. "What we learn from Project Driveway will help us make certain that fuel cells and other technologies can withstand the rigors of commuting and family demands."
For about two years, the Project Driveway market test will allow a variety of drivers from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell's technology. Customers in metropolitan Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. can nominate themselves to participate by visiting the Fuel Solutions site on www.chevrolet.com.