I love cars. I collect a few – I’m a real aficionado. I used to go to car races when I was a kid and I’ve been to a lot of car shows. So I’ve really been a car enthusiast. We just finished test driving the brand new Chevrolet Volt, an all new electric vehicle. What an exciting car to drive.
As part of Marriott’s Spirit To Preserve initiative, we have been encouraging associates to consider environmentally-friendly forms of transportation like driving hybrids and electric cars and even taking the bus. Now, we’re partnering with General Motors for the Volt Unplugged Tour to bring the Chevrolet Volt to Marriott headquarters so our associates can take a test drive and learn more about green transportation. We’ve been hosting the Volt tour at our hotels across the country in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and San Antonio. Currently, they’re here for a stop in Washington D.C., then it’s on to New York.
I love the Volt because it is so smooth and quiet. In fact, it has a special pedestrian horn to let the pedestrians who are walking by the side of the road or crossing an intersection know that you’re coming because you cannot hear the car approach. It gets great gas mileage too – although it has a small gasoline engine to recharge the batteries, you get almost unlimited gas mileage with this beautiful car.
Besides driving an electric car, there are things you can do to help protect the environment with your existing car. You can save fuel by making sure your tires have the proper pressure, you can obey the speed limit or plan your route and errands to minimize your mileage.
A lot of young people are finding that it’s cheaper and better for the planet to take the bus or the train between cities like DC and New York than it is to drive. And, of course, nothing beats riding a bike!
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks to our associates for helping to keep Marriott green and on the move.