Matt Crossley (left), GM Canada’s Director of Engineering, Ann Duffy (back), VANOC’s Corporate Sustainability Officer and John Furlong (right), CEO of VANOC.. Click image to enlarge
Vancouver, British Columbia – Four zero-emission Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles were delivered to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on Monday, and another four are expected in the coming weeks. The fleet will operate in Vancouver until the end of the Games transporting 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.
“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 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.
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 per cent of these will have advanced green technologies.
GM’s commitment will include the addition of two Chevrolet Volts in February. The Volt is Chevrolet’s extended range electric vehicle that can travel up to 65 km on a single charge before its range extending generator kicks in providing energy to power the car.