GM Embraces Plug-In Cars... Again

The Volt prototype adds another model to GM's $1 billion-plus gamble on unproven technology.

Published: 09-Jan-2007

DETROIT: General Motors is embracing electric vehicles again, this time with a model that gets its initial charge from a home outlet, as part of a campaign to gain on Toyota Motor, a leader in advanced automotive technology.

The GM Volt, which is still in development, uses an onboard engine to recharge the batteries after the primary charge from the outlet is exhausted, Bob Lutz, a vice chairman of GM, said. The vehicle would travel 40 miles before tapping the engine, which could be powered by gasoline, diesel or other fuels, he said.

The Volt prototype adds another model to GM's $1 billion-plus gamble on unproven technology. The GM chief executive, Rick Wagoner, is also investing in autos that run on ethanol and hydrogen instead of gasoline in a bid to leap ahead of Toyota and other rivals as buyers look for better fuel economy and government regulators push to curb auto pollution.


Reflex features an advanced diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system that harnesses diesel, electric and solar power. This combination of power can deliver maximum fuel economy - up to 65 mpg - without compromising performance.

The Concept-CT is revealed to the world by Mitsubishi Motors North America on Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Concept-CT utilizes the Mitsubishi In-wheel Electric Vehicle (MIEV) hybrid powertrain, which employs an electric motor in each of the vehicle's four wheels. The ultra-compact four-door hatchback maximizes interior space and combines practicality, fun-to-drive performance and low fuel consumption.

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