GM Looks for Jump Start from Electric Cars

GM’s goal is to counter Toyota's lead with a steady rollout of new technologies as soon as they are ready, combined with frequent previews of technology that is still in the works to assure consumers that the company is not sitting still.

Published: 19-Jan-2008

As the world’s largest automaker, General Motors is improbably cast in the role of underdog in the industry’s move from conventional internal combustion engines to more environmentally friendly, electrically propelled vehicles.

But the automaker used its home auto show in Detroit this week to try to dispel the notion that the longtime industry leader is a musty relic of the 20th century. GM showed an array of concept cars and planned production models that illustrate the charted course toward electric drive vehicles that will, as chairman Rick Wagoner describes it, “remove the automobile from the environmental equation.”

Toyota is poised to surpass GM in global (but not U.S.) sales this year, and that could relegate the American industrial giant to being “only” a close second.


The PAS series, which includes six different bikes, will have its official launch next month in Japan. Prices will start at US$800 to US$990.

The bikes will make their debut appearance in Ed's new comedy TV show, 'Living with Ed' which broadcasts Sundays at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV.

The scooters top out at a 25mph speed, although the ones on loan to the Sheriff's Department are calibrated to travel no faster than 18mph.


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