October 18, 2007

Chevrolet launches world’s largest fuel cell electric vehicle fleet

Los Angeles, California – General Motors has announced the launch of what it calls the “world’s largest fuel cell electric vehicle fleet”, which will be distributed in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. The company says it is the largest market test ever of its kind.

Customers in the three cities will begin driving more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell electric vehicles as part of a deployment plan called “Project Driveway”. A variety of drivers, from celebrities to regular families, will have free use of the vehicles and the hydrogen fuel necessary to make electricity onboard. The average family will receive a vehicle for three months and be required to report their experience to Chevrolet.

“What we learn will directly influence future electrically-driven vehicle generations and ultimate market acceptance,” says Dan Hancock, GM Powertrain vice-president, global engineering. “With Project Driveway, GM is demonstrating its commitment to electrically-driven vehicles, whether the source of the electricity comes from a lithium-ion battery or a hydrogen fuel cell, as the answer for helping take the automobile out of the environmental debate and reducing our dependence on petroleum. The Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicle demonstrates an important milestone on our pathway to electrically-driven vehicle development.”

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