WARRENVILLE, Ill. (April 16, 2009) – During their recent visit, members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission got a detailed tour of Chicago in a truly “green” limousine.
Aboard a brand new IC Bus HC Hybrid Series luxury hybrid shuttle bus with wheelchair access, the IOC was given a firsthand look at the City of Chicago and the planned sites that would be used for the 2016 Olympics if Chicago is awarded the bid.
With seating capacity for 24, the IC Bus luxury hybrid shuttle was chosen for its ride and comfort as well as the innovative hybrid technology that delivers more than 30 percent fuel savings and can cut greenhouse gas emissions in half.
In Chicago's official Olympic bid book, organizers tout a low-carbon "blue-green" event, with most venues along Lake Michigan, which is lined with parks, and a focus on environmentalism.
“With a comprehensive line-up of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, we’re excited about helping Chicago host the greenest Summer Olympics ever if it's awarded the 2016 games,” said John McKinney, president of Navistar’s global bus operations.
The IC Bus HC Hybrid is the only fully-integrated mid-size diesel hybrid-electric bus on the market and is highly customizable for a variety of applications and uses. The bus used to transport IOC members included upgraded luxury seats with specialized custom embroidery as well as a top-of-the-line sound system with tour guide microphone.
“The IC Bus highlighted Chicago 2016’s commitment to environmental responsibility and legacy,” said Bob Accarino, Director of Environment for Chicago 2016. “It served as a constant reminder for the Evaluation Commission of the proposed blue-green games.”
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