GM's Precept Hits Fuel Economy Goal

GM Executive tells Environmental Journalists that GM's Precept hybrid-electric hit PNGV's goal of 80 mpg.

Published: 25-Oct-2000

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors' (NYSE: GM) Precept advanced technology vehicle has achieved its goal of 80 miles to the gallon, gasoline equivalent. The announcement was made today by Robert Purcell, executive director of GM Advanced Technology Vehicles, at the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference here.

The Precept is a fully functional, hybrid electric five-passenger family sedan. It traces its roots to the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) program, a joint effort between the U.S. Government and auto industry whose goal is a vehicle with lower emissions and up to three times the fuel efficiency of conventional cars without compromising safety, performance, affordability, or utility.

The numbers on Precept add up to an average city/highway figure of 90.4 mpg on diesel fuel in actual testing. The 80 mpg target was a goal set for the PNGV program. The goal was stated in gasoline-equivalent gallons. Precept's 90.4 mpg on diesel fuel, when converted to gasoline-equivalent gallons, is 79.6 (90.9 highway and 72.2 city).

"Other vehicles have been built and shown as a result of the PNGV program, but the Precept is the one that achieved the 80-mpg target, because we made that our top priority," Purcell said. "The Precept is a more highly engineered vehicle, because we knew that's what it would take to get the job done. It features a wealth of technology that can and will be transferred to future vehicles across our product portfolio."

SOURCE General Motors Corporation

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