Thursday, November 30, 2006

GM Working on Plug-In Hybrid Saturn

From the AP:

General Motors Corp. has begun work on a plug-in hybrid power system for its Saturn Vue sport utility vehicle that could save on gasoline use, Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. He offered no timetable on when it will be available, however.

Wagoner also said GM will start offering versions of its Hummer models that could run on biofuel within three years. The Hummers have become a lightning rod for critics of vehicle fuel efficiency.

"By developing alternative sources of energy and propulsion, we have the chance to mitigate many of the issues surrounding energy availability," he said in a speech at the auto show.
For those of you so inclined, you can find more on the LA Auto Show, here.

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3 comments:

Randal Leavitt said...

What we need to do is start building cities that don't accommodate cars. No roads or parking, and all transport to buildings takes place on rails, underground, using electric power. We have the ability to change things for the better, we just don't have the guts.

Anonymous said...

The idea that a Hummer becomes acceptable if run on biofuels or even nuclear-generated hydrogen is laughable. It will still be taking an unreasonable share of resources and posing an unacceptable threat to other road users.

KenG said...

Why would a Hummer be unacceptable? The article says "models" which would include the H3, based on the Colorado compact pickup and currently rated at about 20 mpg highway. Not great but not unreasonable.