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General Motors, one of the worlds largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, FAW, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GMs largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Russia. GMs OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.
Chevrolet Helps Give Truckers, Environment a Break from Idling
Chevrolet is supporting a project to help long-haul truckers avoid idling during rest breaks at truck stops, which cuts back on the carbon dioxide emissions that come from engine idling.
Here’s how it works. A trucker pulls into an IdleAir space to find a reusable plastic window adapter. The adapter is connected to a heating and cooling air vent, TV, power outlets, internet or other conveniences the trucker has in his or her cab. The truck engine can then be turned off, saving fuel, reducing emissions and keeping power on to the big rig’s amenities.
Chevrolet is supporting various energy efficiency, renewable energy and conservation initiatives in its goal to prevent up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the earth’s atmosphere. To date, it has made purchase commitments for nearly 7 million metric tons of carbon reductions from projects across the United States. Reductions must be reviewed, certified and retired before the investment is completed. Actual carbon reductions take place between 2010 and 2014.
IdleAir users save a gallon of diesel fuel per truck per hour. Drivers typically rest at night, so IdleAir uses off-peak power and has begun installing solar panels on some of its overhead trusses to provide solar-powered electricity.