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GM to Develop Plug-In Hybrid

December 05, 2006

LOS ANGELES – General Motors intends to produce a Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid with the potential to double its fuel efficiency, the automaker announced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. This hybrid SUV will use a modified version of GM’s two-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a lithium ion battery pack, electronics, and electric motors to increase fuel economy. A plug-in hybrid differs from non-plug-in hybrids by offering extended electric-only propulsion, additional battery capacity, and the ability to be recharged from an external electrical outlet.“GM has begun work on a Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid production vehicle,” said Rick Wagoner, GM chairman and CEO. “The technological hurdles are real, but we believe they are also not insurmountable. I can’t give you a production date for our plug-in hybrid today. But I can tell you that this is a top priority program for GM.”
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