Virgin will use fuel cell powered shuttles as part of Chevy's "Project Driveway" test-marketing program with over 100 fuel-cell vehicles in service.
VIP passengers flying Virgin Atlantic Airways will ride emissions-free when they take advantage of VA's complimentary ground transfer service. The airline has signed up with Chevrolet to be a part of Chevy's "Project Driveway" real-world fuel-cell vehicle evaluation program.
As part of this program, Virgin Atlantic will be using Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as shuttles in the Los Angeles area. Expansion of the program to New York is also possible. Chevrolet says that the three-month "Project Driveway" test is the largest real-world test of fuel cell vehicles ever, with over 100 vehicles in service in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Project Driveway vehicles will also make their way to Germany and Asia.
Except for minor styling differences, the hydrogen-powered Equinoxes don't stand out on the road. The fuel cell is mounted under the hood where the gasoline engine would otherwise be, and the battery pack lives under the floor. Apart from the silent ride, the "upper class passengers" to whom Virgin offers the shuttle service might not even notice that there's something special about the Chevy transfer vehicle.