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General Motors Hints at a Pure Electric Car

By Brad · June 13, 2011

this month, I attended the 2011 EV Symposium Silicon which explored how the San Francisco Bay might become the electric car of the United States. There was a lot of about charging infrastructure, and guidance for municipalities. But I also ran Dave Barthmuss, G.M.’s region group manager for and energy communicationsand he had interesting to say about future plug-in from The General.

Dave on a panel entitled “Economic for EVs.” During his talk, he in passing that G.M. is selling (and continuing to on) all kinds of electric-drive technologies and conventional hybrids and plug-in to extended-range, fuel cell and pure EVs. I’ve following G.M.’s hybrid, cell and electric car work for a decade, so I wasn’t too surprised to a bland general statement the portfolio strategyalso espoused by automakers dabbling in different technologies.

On the other hand, for most of the year or two, G.M. has its green messaging almost on the Chevy Volt and the benefits of the electric vehiclea term the invented to distinguish the Volt other hybrids. And readers of site know how much banter has been spent on the exchange between G.M. and about the pros and cons of a EV versus one that has a gas engine on G.M. has repeatedly called question how many (or few) will be willing to live the 100-or-so-mile range limitation of a electric car.

It Could Happen

That’s why my perked up when Dave that G.M. is working on plug-in hybrids, and pure carsall in an effort to extend the for greener vehicles. He was responding to a from Nancy Ryan, director of the California Public Commission, who asked “What’s the top of getting to 1 million electric by 2020 in California?”

(This is not Obama’s goal of putting 1 plug-in cars on U.S. by 2015but potentially an even challenging objective of getting 1 electric cars in California by 2020.)

“It could happen,” said. Somebody from the questioned that goal, how G.M. is only building Volts this year. not contemplating how many more going to build in the coming Dave replied.

That plus the earlier mention of a if only a remote possibilityof a electric car from G.M. me to inquire further when the was over. “We’ve always about looking into hybrids or taking the range out and making a battery electric,” explained. “They’re all on the table.

I if G.M. would make vehicle-specific electric-drive cars scratch or use existing platforms. knows?” Dave said. could be a Volt and we could the range-extender out. The range is a wonderful solution, but there are folks who might want a battery electric car. And we to look at these questions (In January 2010, former product Czar Bob Lutz the possibility of a Volt EVbut famous for talking out of school.)

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Dave made sure to his statement as conjecture. “We said that we’re it, and we haven’t said we’re not it.”

In January 2008, said it would produce a plug-in hybrid (as a Saturn) by There are new hints that the is back at the drawing board and be ready to show something at the Detroit Auto Show.

The only somewhat concrete from Dave came in to my question: “What’s the latest on a hybrid crossover SUV?” announced a plug-in hybrid SUV soon after the first of the Chevy Volt concept in despite a few concept iterations that time, the project been discussed in any detail.

is G.M. moving forward a small plug-in hybrid Dave answered my question a question: “Are you going to the Detroit Auto Show?”

I “Why would I want to

Dave quipped, “Because always great to spend in Detroit.” He then added, tuned.”

Set your calendars In the middle of January (at the latest), we get a first look at a new plug-in SUV from General Motors. who knows, some kind of for G.M. to the pure electric car

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