GM to show off long range electric car

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"GM has not set a date to start selling such cars but has begun production engineering, a process that can lead to sales within three to four years, he said."
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This is very interesting.
Will GM be around long enough to get it on the road.
At least this technology will be taken over by someone else.
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Gosi cried out

they will just kill it like they did the EV1, great car but the oil companies bitched and they knew they wouldn't get money from repairs because all electric cars SELDOM breakdown....
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This is not just an electic car. This is a hybrid.
A new trend is beginning to emerge an that is to make the hybrid pluggable.
Plug-in Priuses currently being tested routinely get more than 100 mpg when driven in the city, thanks largely to their ability to operate only on electric power at speeds under 34 mph.
Pluggable hybrids are very close to being an electrical car but with the added protection of being able to drive far away from any outlet.
The electrical cars, hybrids and pluggables do not have very many movable parts and there is no saying how long such a car can last.
Given that it is relatively easy to change the batteries after they have come to the end of their life there is no telling how long the car itself can last.
The need for heating in the car is managed by the engine and the engine needs not be directly connected to the wheels so the engine can always run on optimum, only used for heating and recharging the batteries.
The need for lights is also being changed into LEDs so the electical power to drive the lights is also reduced.
A pluggable which is mainly used close to home can have a very very long mpg and 100+ mpg is easily managed.
The hybrids are already part of the mainstream and the prices are beginning to come down.
The hybrid manufacturers have been counting on excessive demand and have been overcharging them but as more and more competition is coming in this sector we will begin to see the prices go down.
Mass produced pluggable hybrids is the way of the future and there is no question that ordinary gas gusslers will not be able to compete very well.
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