Posted by: Tony Carson | 15 October, 2007

Is GM getting serious about hybrids?

Yes, according to Time magazine, no according to others.

General Motors … is finally getting serious about hybrids. After dismissing them for years as a niche unworthy of attention, GM will release an average of one new hybrid model every three months for the next two years, beginning with the industry’s first full-size hybrid SUVs late this year.

That’s the good news, the bad news is that GM seems to be vesting its green image on its SUVs and not the small ones, either, but the 2.5 ton GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe. They will give these behemoths a new two-mode hybrid system using two electric motors, one for city driving, one for highways resulting in up to 40% better fuel rates than conventional models’ for city driving.

Sticking a hybrid engine in a jumbo SUV is “putting lipstick on a pig,” says Ronald Hwang, vehicle policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who argues that if GM is green serious, it should give up SUVs and build more efficient cars.

The full article and a history of the electric car is here: The History of the Electric Car

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