GM Places Bets on Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Automaker names engineer to develop long-lasting, safe batteries for the cars

Published: 22-Jan-2007

By showing the Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric concept car this month at the North American International Auto Show, General Motors Corp. has staked its reputation -- and a large chunk of change -- on developing cars and trucks that can be propelled by something other than just gasoline.

To make it happen, GM quietly appointed Denise Gray last fall to be its battery czar.

A Michigan native and career GM engineer and manager, Gray's actual title is director of hybrid energy storage systems.


Allocating significant money to produce a saleable hydrogen fuel cell car is likely to be a tough decision for GM. Larry Burns with image of Sequel fuel cell car behind him.

The dual-mode hybrid system will be available in a wide range of cars, trucks and S.U.V.'s made by the three companies, starting with the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that goes on sale in fall 2007.

The pollution-free technology holds the potential of zero emissions and a sustainable source of energy produced when hydrogen and oxygen are mixed.


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