GM's commitment to hybrids comes as industry experts predict that demand for gas-electric vehicles will surge even though they cost thousands more than similar cars powered only by gas engines.
After dismissing hybrid cars as a fad, General Motors Corp. is diving into the fast-growing business with plans to offer gas-electric vehicles for every taste and budget.
At the North American International Auto Show, GM will unveil two gas-electric sport utility vehicles, the Saturn Vue Green Line, which will retail for less than $23,000, making it the lowest-priced hybrid SUV on the market, and a Chevy Tahoe with a more sophisticated system that GM is developing with DaimlerChrysler AG and BMW AG.
When the Vue goes on sale in the summer, "people will be very surprised at the kind of price you get in a hybrid and that it will deliver very pleasing performance and 20 percent (better) fuel economy," GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner told The Detroit News.
Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.