Green cars. Environmentally friendly. Conscious of the environment. Drive green. Recently, these all seem to be the words spoken or mentioned when cars are brought up. Now even the 80th Annual Academy Awards will be joining in on the green fun when vehicles from GMC and Chevrolet are tasked to provide transportation to Hollywood celebrities during the said event. GM has already been in a similar scene before, at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, not to mention the 39th NAACP Image Awards. GM had participated by contributing their “fuel-friendly” vehicles to both events. Their Director of Marketing Alliances and Branded Entertainment, Dino Bernacchi had spoken about their involvement and said, “GM’s longstanding relationship with Hollywood and our strong commitment to bringing advanced technologies to market that will help diversify fuel sources and reduce vehicle emissions makes this the perfect time for GM to drive ‘green’ to the Oscars… Our outreach to showcase GM’s ‘fuel-friendly’ products will be increasingly evident in the entertainment industry in 2008 with presence at awards shows, film festivals and special events, as well as a heightened product placement effort in movies and television.” One of the vehicle models which GM will provide is the GMC Yukon Hybrid, their first full-sized SUV hybrid which no other hybrid vehicles can compare to when it comes to fuel efficiency and performance. Its maximum towing is 6,200 pounds and can seat eight passengers.
Chevrolet will also be stopping at the red carpet with their Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles. These vehicles are zero-gas and zero-emissions without sacrificing its performance. In 12 seconds it can go from zero to 60 miles per hour. It has 236-lb.-ft. of instant torque; top speed is roughly around 100 miles per hour. The Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles can seat up to four passengers.
Celebrities will also be seen being shuttled by a couple of FlexFuel E85 ethanol-compatible Yukon SUVs (still provided by the world-renowned automobile company, the aforementioned GM). It seems that the Hollywood celebrities who will be attending this year’s 80th Annual Academy Award will be enjoying rides that are both stylish and environmentally friendly.