GM Embraces Plug-In Cars... Again
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.
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