GENEVA — General Motors Corp. announced plans for a next generation of gas-electric hybrid vehicles that the automaker thinks will sell in big numbers around the globe. Set to debut in 2010, GM's next hybrid system will be an upgrade to the current hybrid powertrain, which is available in only three GM models in the United States. The company's new hybrids will deliver three times more power using lithium-ion batteries instead of the current nickel-metal hydride batteries. In addition to delivering a more powerful boost during acceleration, the new hybrid systems also will increase fuel economy and provide brief electric-only power.
GM has been promising to deliver the battery-powered Chevrolet Volt to the masses by 2010 and rolling out the industry's first full-size hybrid SUVs. The hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe won Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year, a first for a truck.
Source: The Detroit News