Hybrid Electric is Prelude to Automobile's Future, says Former GM Chairman

Robert Stemple sees increasing role for electric-drive from hybrids to fuel cell vehicles.

Published: 27-Dec-2003

A former chairman of General Motors Corporation provided a look into the future for the auto industry in a speech before the Washington Automotive Press Association Tuesday. Robert Stempel is now chairman of Energy Conversion Devices, a company doing research on electric batteries for numerous applications.

Mr. Stempel was the first engineer ever to head the world's largest automaker and is now the head of a company developing leading-edge technology in electric batteries.

The battery is playing an increasingly important role in automobiles, given the rise of gasoline-electric hybrids, the arrival of the 42-volt electrical system and the eventual coming of the hydrogen fuel cell.

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