PHOTO CAPTION: Chevy Orlando concept crossover could be future candidate for plug-in drive.

Saturn PHEV Drivetrain to Live On

GM plans to install the advanced gasoline-electric drivetrain in a compact crossover.

Published: 16-May-2009

DETROIT--The death of the Saturn brand won't slow down the rollout of General Motors' plug-in hybrid power train, says Tom Stephens, vice chairman of GM's global product development.

After GM said on April 27 that it would stop building Saturns at the end of this year--not 2011, as previously planned--company sources said they knew of no other plans to use the plug-in hybrid power train, which had been scheduled for the Saturn Vue.

But Stephens says: "It doesn't just go away because Saturn goes away. We are going to plug it in."


Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown offers another way to fuel the cars of the future that doesn't require a switch to natural gas.

Despite Toyota's disapproval of the $500 deposit on future plug-in Prius, one dealer plans to continue accepting them.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrid prototypes to dealers more advanced than earlier models. Pictured is the Chrysler EcoVoyager, in one of a trio of electric-drive concept vehicles it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.


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