Carmakers Make Good on Hybrid Promises
DETROIT - The world's top automakers, matching words with deeds, are pressing ahead with plans to get environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles on American roads.
General Motors said it will offer hybrid powertrains as an option on 12 models by 2007, including a pickup truck it will put on sale later this year. The plan is to gradually phase in three different kinds of hybrid engines which would improve fuel economy anywhere from 15 percent to 50% depending on the vehicle and the combination of technologies used.
GM officials say they plan to give the technology a "big push," but concede that with a hybrid likely to cost several thousand dollars more than a conventional vehicle demand is likely to be slack.
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