Thursday, November 15, 2012

GM planning more EVs and plug-ins, avoiding regular hybrids

Strategy instead focuses on EVs, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrid 'eAssist' models.


General Motors' future green-car efforts will focus on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles rather than conventional hybrid powertrains, product chief Mary Barra said on Wednesday.

Barra said GM has narrowed its future development emphasis in an effort to defend its leadership position attained with the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. GM will unveil an electric Spark minicar in late November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

"A major focus for GM's electrification strategy will center on the plug," Barra said via a satellite feed to reporters gathered in San Francisco for a GM event. She added that plug-ins offer "a unique opportunity to change the way people commute" and that Volt owners "love the ability to refuel at home."



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