Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Virgin Atlantic to Offer Zero-Emissions GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Limos
Virgin Atlantic, one of
the world's leading long-haul airlines, and General Motors, the world's
largest automaker, today announced that the airline will offer passengers a
zero-emissions Chevrolet Equinox Hydrogen Fuel Cell car as part of its
Upper Class limo service. Initially passengers in Los Angeles will take
part in the trial which will not only enable them to experience the next
generation of cars but also reduce their carbon footprint. The hydrogen
fuel cell limo service is expected to be extended to New York City later
Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, commented:
- "Our mission to be the sustainable airline is clear, both on the ground
and in the air. Partnerships such as this with General Motors show
that we are pioneering in the aviation industry when it comes to
reducing emissions at every stage of our passengers' journey."
- "We are calling upon governments worldwide, not just the UK and US, to
assist businesses by building hydrogen filling stations in key cities
so that drivers can fill up their cars more easily. As a first step,
existing filling stations could add renewable energy pumps alongside
other fuel pumps. This new technology will only become commonplace if
businesses and drivers are incentivized to adopt it quickly, and that's
where governments need to play a major role."
As part of the Upper Class flight experience, Virgin Atlantic
receive complimentary transportation to and from the airport in Chevrolet
Equinox fuel cell vehicles. Initially three Equinox vehicles will become
part of the fleet of cars used to transport Upper Class passengers to and
from Los Angeles International Airport.
The partnership is the latest in the airline's sustainability efforts.
Utilizing the Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle as part of the Upper Class
automotive fleet will not only reduce the airline's overall carbon output,
but more importantly, will serve as an important real world market test. It
will enable GM
to get practical customer feedback from drivers and
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