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GM Tells Suppliers Keep Going on Cancelled Hybrid

Latest development confirms the survival of the plug-in GM needs for CAFE credits.

by on Sep.10, 2009

General Motors President and CEO Fritz Henderson announces the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve a city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon.

General Motors President and CEO Fritz Henderson announces the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve a city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon.

When General Motors eliminated half its brands, essentially overnight, it created turmoil in its product development program. For one thing, the sale of the Saturn division meant there’d be no home for the plug-in hybrid system that was supposed to be used on the brand’s 2011 Vue.

GM officials briefly considered giving a rebadged version of the Vue plug-in to Buick, one of the company’s four surviving North American brands, but pulled the plug on that idea, as well. However, sources confirmed for TheDetroitBureau.com last week that the technology won’t be abandoned, and while a final decision on where to use it has not been made, it would almost certainly show up in a Chevrolet or GMC model, most likely by the originally planned, 2011 model-year.

 The latest confirmation of this comes from suppliers to the program. GM is telling them to move ahead with plans for a plug-in hybrid despite the automaker’s decision to kill a Buick version of the plug-in hybrid that had garnered negative comments from potential consumers. 

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GM is now looking for new slot in its current lineup for the plug-in hybrid, according to Prabhakar Patil, the chief executive officer of Compact Power Inc. in Troy, Michigan.

Compact Power also is collaborating with GM on the Volt, and is in discussions with Eaton Corporation about producing lithium-ion batteries for trucks and commercial vehicles.

Compact Power is the North American subsidiary of LG Chem, one of the world’s largest producers of lithium-ion batteries for automotive hybrid electric vehicles and commercial and military markets.

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Abandoned GM Plug-In Hybrid Will Find New Home

Saturn gone, Buick nixed, plug-in will go to Chevy or GMC.

by on Sep.04, 2009

With Saturn to be sold, GM needs a new home for its Vue Plug-In Hybrid. Plans to give it to Buick were scrapped and it may now go to Chevy -- or GMC or Cadillac.

GM needs a new home for what was to have been the Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid. Plans to give it to Buick were scrapped and it may now go to Chevy -- or GMC or Cadillac.

When General Motors eliminated half its brands, essentially overnight, it created some significant turmoil in its product development program.  For one thing, the sale of the Saturn division meant there’d be no home for the plug-in hybrid system that was supposed to be used on the brand’s 2011 Vue.

GM officials briefly considered giving a thinly revised version of the Vue plug-in to Buick, one of the company’s four surviving North American brands, but pulled the plug on that idea, as well.  But, sources confirm for TheDetroitBureau.com, the technology won’t be abandoned, and while a final decision on where to use it has not been made, it will almost certainly show up in a Chevrolet or GMC model, most likely by the originally-planned, 2011 model-year.

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Stay Plugged In!

Like many of its competitors, GM is pushing heavy into “electrification,” the use of battery-powered hardware to either supplement or replace the time-tested internal combustion engine.  The well-publicized Chevy Volt is the prime example of this concept.  Though often casually described as a plug-in, Volt is actually an extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV.  The difference is subtle but significant, in that Volt’s wheel are always driven by electric motors.  Its lithium-ion battery pack has a suggested range of 40 miles, and after that, the EREV’s inline-four gasoline engine fires up – but only as a generator, giving it essentially unlimited range.

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Buick to Add Plug-in Hybrid Crossover in 2010

Five-passenger CUV shares key components with Chevy Volt.

by on Aug.06, 2009

Buick will launch an all-new small crossover in 2010, and introduce a version with a plug-in hybrid powertrain a year later.

Buick will launch a small crossover in 2010, and a version with a plug-in hybrid powertrain a year later.

General Motors has revealed plans to add a new plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, or PHEV, to its line-up, a 5-passenger Buick crossover that will go debut in 2011, a year after a conventionally-powered version of the CUV will be launched.

The as yet-unnamed Buick, which GM expects to be the first commercially available plug-in SUV, will share many of its underlying components with the much-touted Chevrolet Volt, though there will be distinct, underlying differences between the two products.

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“This will firmly put Buick, and GM, front and center in the advanced technology game,” proclaimed Tom Stephens, GM’s new “car czar,” during a speech at the Management Briefing Seminars, and auto industry confab, in Traverse City, Michigan.  “Buick has always been at the forefront of new technology,” he added, “so it is only fitting that the brand should debut our new plug-in hybrid technology in a beautiful new crossover.”

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