GM Keeping Pace with Toyota on Alt Fuel Vehicles, Says Wagoner
GM has been working to reshape its image on fuel-saving initiatives as Toyota, helped by a reputation for environmental leadership.
General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, is keeping pace with Toyota Motor Corp. in developing vehicles powered by alternative-energy sources, Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner said.
"We're right in that race,' Wagoner said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where GM showed a futuristic Cadillac sport-utility vehicle powered by hydrogen and a lithium-ion battery.
"Right now we are rapidly expanding our offers' of vehicles powered by such alternatives as gasoline-electric engines and a gasoline-ethanol mix, Wagoner said.
The Mississippi State team designed a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric vehicle with a 1.9-liter GM direct injection turbo diesel engine fueled by B20 biodiesel. It achieved a 48% increase in fuel economy over the production vehicle.