GM Forms Electric-Drive Engineering Group

The new engineering team, which will be based in North America, Europe and Asia, will work to develop vehicles using a variety of advanced propulsion systems such as gasoline-electric hybrids, and the E-Flex system.

Published: 25-Jan-2008

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. (GM), looking to bring fuel- efficient, advanced vehicles to market more quickly, formed a new engineering group to focus on hybrid vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles and battery technology.

The move comes as GM and other auto makers are under more pressure from governments and consumers to improve fuel mileage and reduce emissions.

GM is working to bring a commercially viable, electrically driven car, the Chevrolet Volt, to market by the end of 2010.


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