GM Looks for Jump Start from Electric Cars
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.
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