GM to focus on plug-in hybrid vehicles

Nov. 29, 2006 at 6:12 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- General Motors Corp. intends to make a plug-in hybrid that will have double the fuel efficiency of any current U.S. sports utility vehicle.

GM said Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show its Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid will have the potential to achieve double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV.

This hybrid SUV will use a modified version of GM's 2-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a Lithium Ion battery pack when ready, highly efficient electronics and powerful electric motors to achieve significant increases in fuel economy.

A plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle differs from non-plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles by offering extended electric-only propulsion, additional battery capacity and the ability to be recharged from an external electrical outlet.

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