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Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said that the company has significantly expanded and accelerated its commitment to the development of electrically driven vehicles, and will show additional E-Flex concept applications tailored for local GM brands at the Shanghai and Frankfurt motor shows later this year.

E-Flex is the vehicle system introduced at the Detroit auto show in which the Chevrolet Volt was the first application. (Earlier post.)

The E-Flex System is a developing vehicle architecture that will encompass a range of compact to intermediate vehicles with all-electric drive systems (the “E”) powered by electricity from a variety of sources (the “Flex”).

The Volt is a series plug-in hybrid with a flex-fuel engine as a genset. The Volt uses the same electric motor as used in the Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle in its electric powertrain: a 120 kW peak machine that develops 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The Volt will use a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers 136 kW of peak power. (Earlier post.)

GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told reporters at the Geneva Show that the company would have a running Volt prototype on the road by the end of 2007, and was targeting production of an electric vehicle by 2010. (Earlier post.)

Wagoner also announced plans for an additional demonstration fleet of up to 10 fuel cell vehicles in Europe early next year. GM is rolling out a test fleet of 100 Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles in the US later this year.

GM is combining its projected longer-term move to electric drives with a more immediate focus on enhancing the efficiency of gasoline and diesel powertrains, and replacing petroleum-based fuels with alternatives such as E85 ethanol and CNG. At the show, GM is introducing a new 2.9-liter diesel and extending Saab’s E85 range.

The key as we see it at GM is energy diversity—being able to offer our customers vehicles that can be powered with many different sources of energy. We must—as a business necessity—develop alternative sources of propulsion, based on alternative sources of energy, in order to meet the world’s growing demand for our cars and trucks.

—Rick Wagoner

Wagoner also affirmed GM’s support for the European Commission’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions, while recognizing these goals can best be accomplished with an integrated approach with fuel providers and governments.

The Commission’s current proposal of 130 grams CO2 per kilometer is a significant stretch, and we’re working hard to do our part to introduce new technologies that improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle emissions.

—Rick Wagoner



Looks like I will own my first GM vehicle about 3 or 4 years from now unless somebody else provides something atleast equivalent...


Too much concept and not enough production make Brad a sad boy.


I have been waiting many decades for an electrical vehicle that will carry at least 4 adults and luggage that will recharge without waiting overnight. Phoenix motor car has it and you messed around too long.


Arleen, Phoenix doesn't have anything yet, unless you know something all of us don't?


Richard: I think "doesn't have anything yet" would be a little exaggerated when they've had one on the WH lawn and are taking orders.

Spokane Walt

Agree with GM's approach:
If they can’t beat others to market, these designs could save GM, like iPod saved Apple…

I'd also like to give GM some Kudos on some of their current designs. They were one of the first companies to realize using headlamps for Daytime Running Lights is a waste of fuel - they have slowly, since about 2000, transitioned to mostly using the turn signal bulbs.

Ther "turn signal based" DRL's are quite a bit easier on the eyes for the oncoming drivers, wastes less energy than headlamps. Not to mention it extends the bulb life of the headlamps. Our 2000 Venture Minivan is over 100K and still has the factory headlamp bulbs. The factory turn signal bulbs are also still in place. Most "headlamp" DRL system eat a light bulb every 40K or so. Toyota and one or two others are following this trend.

Another thing that GM does that helps the environment, they make it so their Fog Lamps reset to "off" every time you turn off the vehicle (at least on many of their vehicles). That way they aren't left on all the time. People who drive around with fog lamps on when it isn't foggy, raining heavily or snowing, are just idiots donating money to OPEC in the form of wasted fuel.

Now, if we could get GM to support B20 BioDiesel and put some small displacement efficient diesel engines in their Suburbans, Tahoes and 1/2 ton pickups, we would have just that much less CO2 in the atmosphere.


"Phoenix doesn't have anything yet, unless you know something all of us don't?"
They are all over the news.

Their two most important partners, battery vendor Altair and powertrain vendor UQM also happen to be publicly traded, and look at what their stock has been doing throughout the last few months.
I dont think "doesnt have anything" is an accurate statement any more.


If you look at their latest financial statement, you will see that Altair's losses have doubled in one year. Other noteworthy issues are a decline in license revenues and a loss on the products they sell.


The main problem for gmis because of thoer labor setup they have to cheap out small cars a ton. This has resulted in alot of realy bad cars for thier cost and reuined thier rep in the small car market.

Adn no a bit of gimmicky technoporn isnt gona get people to forget what gm and ford resorted to to sell small cars.


I got the impression that up until recently, the auto industry and oil industry were in lock step. Ever since the oil industry set out to maximize profits and left the auto industry's customers wondering where they would get affordable fuel, a new relationship between the two sectors has come about.

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