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GM CEO promises 200-mile electric car – Brandon’s Blog on Cars – Spokesman Mobile – March 27, 2013

During a presentation at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference this month, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson made it clear GM is committed to making oil dependency an issue of the past. His announcement that GM is close to revealing a 200mile electric car was tempered with a warning: As he sees it, adopting a single gasoline alternative isn’t a smart move.

“Everywhere you look there are opportunities to seize the energy high ground,” he said. “Indeed, our leaders have been presented with an historic opportunity to create a national energy policy from a position of strength and abundance. The pillars of such a plan must include energy diversity, so we do not become dependent on any one fuel or energy source.”

Against that backdrop, GM plans to produce nearly 500,000 vehicles with some form of electrification by 2017.

“There will be breakthroughs in battery technology, they’re on the horizon,” Akerson said.

“We’re actually developing a car today which is really anathema to the way the auto industry works: We’re running a dual play on the technology to see which one will succeed. One will result in a 100-mile range; the other will be a 200-mile range.”



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