GM, Daimler and BMW Unveil Their Hybrid Drive Plans

The three-way collaboration aims to jointly develop a system to control a gasoline engine and electric motor and technology to make the motor as compact as possible, while offering both low-speed and high-speed performance.

Published: 03-Jan-2006

General Motors Corp. of the United States and German automakers DaimlerChrysler AG and BMW AG will unveil their respective gasoline-electric hybrid car strategies during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that begins Sunday, according to industry sources.

The U.S. and German companies earlier agreed to join forces in developing a new hybrid propulsion system for vehicles to enable the three firms to catch up with Toyota Motor Corp, the world's front runner in the hybrid car field. The alliance has adopted GM's all-new hybrid technology.

Leading automakers in Europe, Japan and the United States have been either competing or collaborating in an attempt to secure a market share large enough to set the world's de facto standard for hybrid technology. Honda Motor Co., for example, has been pressing ahead with a hybrid project on its own.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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