Navigation Links
Virgin Atlantic to Offer Zero-Emissions GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Limousines to Upper Class Passengers
Date:3/3/2008

- Hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinox car to be used for limo service - Fuel Cell Technology On The Ground in Los Angeles and planned for New

York - Governments should be building hydrogen filling stations in key cities to

encourage faster take-up

SOUTH NORWALK, Conn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 this year.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060927/NYW045LOGO )

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 travelers 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 passengers.

Dr. Larry Burns, Vice-President for Planning and R&D at General Motors, commented:
"This is a great partnership. Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin brand

are globally-recognized, and Virgin Atlantic customers are educated and

influential people concerned about the environment. This business

partnership is an important piece of the Project Driveway program. The

Virgin Atlantic team will help us learn a great deal about how fuel

cell vehicles perform in an every-day commercial environment."

Powered by GM's fourth-generation fuel cell propulsion system, the Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicle is a fully-functional crossover vehicle. Fuel cell technology and hydrogen fuel represents a step change for the automotive industry and will substantially reduce the industry's impact on the environment. This initiative is part of GM's Project Driveway, the largest market test of its kind, which is currently launching 100 Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles to streets and driveways in California, New York and Washington DC. Additional market tests are planned for Europe and Asia, beginning later this year.

As an alternative to its limousine service, Virgin Atlantic also offers its Upper Class passengers the option of taking public transport, the Heathrow or Gatwick Express, when arriving in or departing from the UK.
For further information please contact the Virgin Atlantic Press Office

at 203-750-2570.

About Virgin Atlantic

-- Virgin Atlantic is one of the world's leading long-haul airlines

-- It flies to 30 destinations worldwide from its main base at London

Heathrow and London Gatwick

-- There are 38 aircraft in its fleet, comprising 747-400s, A346-600s and

A343-300s

-- Sir Richard Branson is the President of Virgin Atlantic; Steve Ridgway

is the Chief Executive Officer; and Lyell Strambi is the Chief

Operating Officer.

-- In 2007, Virgin Atlantic carried approximately 6 million passengers

About General Motors

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at http://www.gm.com. Chevrolet is the largest automotive division of General Motors. More information on Project Driveway can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com/fuelsolutions.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Virgin Atlantic
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Virginia Commonwealth University to Study Genomics-Based Diagnostic Test: Pathwork Diagnostics Tissue of Origin Test Designed to Aid in Determination of a Tumors Origin
2. Virgin Atlantic Selects Rolls-Royce Engines to Power Its 787 Fleet in a Deal Worth $2.6BN
3. European Commission gives grant to investigate transatlantic oversight of nanotech
4. Emisphere Technologies, Inc. Announces Pricing of Registered Direct Offering
5. Roche Extends Tender Offer for Ventana
6. ATS Medical Expands Open Pivot Heart Valve Offerings
7. New 200 mg Vial for Eloxatin(R) (Oxaliplatin Injection) Offers Greater Convenience and Efficiency of Preparation
8. Updated NIH Guidelines Offer Valuable Information on Asthma Diagnosis and Management
9. ARYx Therapeutics, Inc. Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering
10. Anacor Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering
11. NPS Pharmaceuticals Commences Tender Offer for 3.0% Convertible Notes Due 2008
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)...  Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), a ... the development of innovative products and services, announced today ... States denied its petition to review decisions ... U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540 (",540 Patent") are not patent ... Supreme Court,s Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories decision.  ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... 27, 2016  Liquid Biotech USA ... of a Sponsored Research Agreement with The University ... (CTCs) from cancer patients.  The funding will be ... correlate with clinical outcomes in cancer patients undergoing ... then be employed to support the design of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Researchers at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona combed medical journal articles ... findings are the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. ... blood, lung fluid or tissue of mesothelioma patients that can help point doctors to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 A person commits a crime, and the ... track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne ... Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria ... far-fetched? It,s not. The FDA has increasingly used a complex, ... foodborne illnesses. Put as simply as possible, whole genome sequencing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:6/2/2016)... , June 2, 2016 The Department ... has awarded the 44 million US Dollar project, for the ... Vehicle Plates including Personalization, Enrolment, and IT Infrastructure , ... in the production and implementation of Identity Management Solutions. Numerous ... however Decatur was selected for the ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... MINNEAPOLIS , May 20, 2016  VoiceIt ... technology partnership with VoicePass. By working ... user experience.  Because VoiceIt and VoicePass take slightly ... two engines increases both security and usability. ... expressed excitement about this new partnership. ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO and BANGALORE, India ... part of EdgeVerve Systems, a product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: ... service provider, today announced a global partnership that ... convenient way to use mobile banking and payment services. ... Mobility is a key innovation area for financial services, but ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):