General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson announced this week that the Detroit automaker is working on a car which could achieve a 200-mile electric range on a single charge. GM hopes to have more than a half-million electrified vehicles in operation by 2017. Diesel and compressed natural gas transportation are also part of the company’s long-range plans. The Chevy Volt hybrid-electric car has won practically every industry award there is, and continues to be the premier alternative-fuel vehicle offered by a major auto manufacturer. GM is currently in a pitched battle for market share with archrivals Toyota and Ford, both of whom sell popular alternative-fuel cars to an international market.
The short video clip below gives a glimpse of the overall electric car strategy for GM. Always thinking ahead, and constantly expanding potential markets, the automaker chose China as the place to debut its tiny 2-seater EV concept car. Taking advantage of the market’s desire for electrification and connectivity, GM came up with the small but efficient people mover that someday could become a staple of global roadways.
One of GM’s closest competitors in the electric and hybrid marketplace is Ford, a company that has recently been revving up its EV and hybrid dealership force. The maker of the Fusion and Focus EV is training personnel at more than 900 U.S. dealerships to service hybrids and EVs. There is also word from Ford that the automaker will eventually sell an all-electric version of its two plug-in models, C-Max and Fusion. Within the next ten years, Ford execs have let it be known that they expect hybrid and EV sales to comprise almost one-third of their total car sales. By 2025, federal standards mandate that the average mpg for a any automaker be 45 mpg.
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