GM Sees Power in Gas/Electric

NAIAS 2003 is clear sign hybrid cars joining the mainstream.

Published: 06-Jan-2003

N class=bodytext>In one of the clearest signs yet that hybrid cars may be going mainstream, General Motors plans to offer a variety of the gas-and-electric powered vehicles over the next four years.

The plan by the world's biggest automaker, to be officially announced today, includes hybrid models for cars, pickups and sports utility vehicles.

Hybrids draw power from two different energy sources, typically a gas or diesel engine combined with an electric motor. While environmentally friendly and fuel efficient, their high cost has prevented them from finding more than a niche market.

For now, the only versions available in the U.S. are small cars made by Honda and Toyota.

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