$5 Million Grant Awarded to Study Plug-in Hybrids and Grid

The grants are part of the Low-Income and Energy Efficiency Fund funded by ratepayers, though 77 percent of the $6.5 million will go to U of Michigan, GM and DTE Energy.

Published: 09-May-2008

Researchers at the University of Michigan, General Motors Corp. and DTE Energy Co. will receive $5 million to study plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as part of an energy efficiency grant program announced Thursday.

U-M's Transportation Research Institute and its corporate partners will use the Michigan Energy Efficiency Grant funding to study plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and their interaction with the state's electricity grid.

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the grant as part of nearly $6.5 million in grants to promote the use of compact fluorescent lights and support local environmental initiatives throughout the state.


Purportedly capable of hitting 0-to-60 in under 6 seconds, the plug-in hybrid Karma can hit 125 mph. The company hopes to sell 15,000 of the luxury electric cars annually.

GM's newest fuel economy fighter is the Cruze.

Analysts note that General Motors has made dramatic improvements in its vehicles over the last decade. Pictured is new small call, Chevy Cruze.

Volvo C30 is plug-in hybrid concept that utilizes electric wheel motors.

The real problem we face - and in the US it's far worse, with car makers bleeding money - is that the car is unviable and has been for a long time, contends Larry Buttrose.


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