WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson showcased the fourth generation of Chevrolet's Equinox Fuel Cell Car, the newest addition to the agency's vehicle fleet. The new car underscores EPA's support for national efforts to develop clean energy technologies and help move the United States toward energy independence.
"EPA is turning the key on an engine of change, by turning fleet emissions from CO2 to H2O," said Johnson.
The vehicle, the forth generation Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell, is an electric car enabled by General Motors' advanced fuel cell propulsion system and is tested and engineered for 50,000 miles of driving life. With hydrogen as its only fuel, this vehicle emits no greenhouse gases and serves as an alternative to traditional, petroleum-dependent vehicles that emit carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and other air pollutants. Featuring the latest advancements in fuel cell technology, the vehicle can travel up to 150 miles per fill-up, and is expected to meet all applicable 2008 federal motor vehicle safety standards.
EPA has a six-month lease on the fuel cell vehicle, made possible with a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Through their cooperation, the agencies hope to demonstrate the viability of fuel cell vehicles and encourage a shift in the American marketplace toward alternative fuels that can play a role in securing the nation's freedom and protecting its environment, as alternative fuel technology and infrastructure continue to develop in the future.
For information on Greening EPA's Fleet, go to: http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/greenfleet/index.htm
Utilities have a low percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles in their light-duty fleets, and the number has been decreasing, according to Utilimarc.