General Motors announced on July 22 that this year’s presidential conventions will be using a fleet of electric-hybrid buses, hybrid pickup trucks, and several other highly efficient vehicles that it will provide — highlighting the latest in advanced technology fuel and emissions savings products. The vehicles are part of a multi-faceted plan to support the 2004 political conventions’ environmental initiatives, and to showcase General Motors’ advanced technologies as the official transportation provider to both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.Among the vehicles that GM is providing to the conventions are commercial hybrid buses, which provide significant fuel savings and emissions reductions, and full-size hybrid pickup trucks. GM also will showcase, at both conventions, the fuel-saving advanced technologies it is applying to high-volume production vehicles. For the Democratic National Convention (July 26-29 in Boston) and the Republican National Convention (Aug. 30-Sept.2 in New York) GM will provide to each committee 321 vehicles, including:Eight buses using GM’s hybrid propulsion technology, to shuttle delegates and the news media to and from hotels and the convention.
13 full-size hybrid pickup trucks, for use by convention workers.
300 cars from across the GM line of brands, to be used in transporting delegates, government officials, and other convention participants.