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Cadillac “Ultimately” Planning to Tackle Tesla

GM CEO pushes battery cars – though still skeptical about demand.

by on Sep.23, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson with the Chevrolet Volt.

It builds fewer cars per quarter than General Motors produces in its pickup truck plants in a matter of days, yet the giant Detroit automaker is increasingly focused on the California battery-car start-up.

That has led GM to launch a study of its little rival’s strategy and technology – and to lay out plans for its flagship brand to take on Tesla with a high-mileage battery car of its own.

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“If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac,” GM Chairman and CEO tells the Detroit News.

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GM Launching Demo EV Fleet Using Opel Meriva

Maker also announces additional $23.5 mil in EV components production.

by on Sep.29, 2010

A prototype Opel Meriva EV1 charges up as part of the new MeRegioMobile battery car project.

General Motors will launch a battery car test program in Germany using a fleet of its small Opel Meriva hatchbacks.

The latest in a series of “electrification” efforts by the Detroit-based maker, it teams GM up with the German government-backed MeRegioMobile program.  The program is designed to not only test the practicality of battery cars – and their acceptance by consumers – but also to see how the energy infrastructure can be adapted to meet the needs of electric mobility.

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In a separate development, GM is announcing plans to invest $23.5 million to expand the production of battery vehicle components at a factory in Baltimore, Maryland.  GM earlier announced it will use the Baltimore Transmission Plant to produce motors for electric vehicles – the first such operation run by a major automaker in the U.S.

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