GM to Focus on Battery and Electric Hybrid Cars
SAN FRANCISCO -- General Motors' future green-car efforts will focus on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles rather than conventional hybrid powertrains, product chief Mary Barra said today.
Barra said GM has narrowed its future development emphasis in an effort to defend its leadership position attained with the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. GM will unveil an electric Spark minicar this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
"A major focus for GM's electrification strategy will center on the plug," Barra said via a satellite feed to reporters gathered here for a GM event. She added that plug-ins offer "a unique opportunity to change the way people commute" and that Volt owners "love the ability to refuel at home."
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