Race to Develop Plug-in Hybrids Charges Up

It's an electrifying race with many entrants, but one analyst says it's more of a public relations scramble right now for an industry that's lagged drivers' demand and desires for alternative power.

Published: 21-Jan-2008

DETROIT - Chrysler LLC last week rolled out three plug-in concept cars at the North American International Auto Show, the venue where rival General Motors Corp. made a splash one year ago with its Chevrolet Volt electric concept.

Not to be outdone, GM said production may begin as soon as 2010 on a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Saturn Vue Green Line, which it expects to be the first regular production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

And Toyota said it plans to test hundreds of plug-ins with fleet and commercial customers worldwide by the same year.

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