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It not exactly a surprise (see all the hints dropped in the related stories below), but it's still good to hear again that GM will likely unveil a prototype plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the Detroit News is reporting today. This would be the first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) from a major manufacturer, and we've hear it called the "I-car" (for Icon car).

But look at the image above. While the Detroit News used a picture of the EV-1, Reuters accompanied this announcement with a picture of a truck power cord plugged into a pick-up truck bed. My guess is that this is really a standard-issue accessory source for any electronics you'd want to run at a tailgate rather than a leaked preview of the I-truck. Why else would there be two plugs? Anyone else have any guesses?

Lastly, what is a bit of a surprise, and an oh so tempting one to the fuel conscious, is that unnamed GM officials told the newspaper that the engine coupled to the electric motor would be powered by either gasoline or diesel. Wow. If GM gets a diesel hybrid to the North American market first, the green crowd will have a new hero. It'll leave Ford wondering how come they didn't announce this bold move first and Toyota and Honda have yet to unveil any PHEV vehicles they are working on.

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[Source: Detroit News, thanks to John Stockard]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      GM completed much work in this area long ago. Info at: http://ev1-club.power.net/newsltr/vol2_1.htm#lead2 The only things they were missing were the NanoSafe L-Ion batteries and maybe Raser's new AC induction based electric motors. Just plug in to charge or dump in your veggie oil and go.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Run on Gasoline or Diesel… General Motors introduced the first commercial gas turbine powered hybrid vehicle as a limited production run of the EV-1. A Williams International 40kW turbine drove an alternator which powered the battery-electric power train. The turbine design included a recuperator. Turbine Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) can run on almost any combustible liquid or gas. They are small, simple and extremely efficient. Add new quick charge NanoSafe L-Ion batteries with a 60-mile electric range, bi-directional plug-in grid-capability, already accepted GM styling platforms at a price around $30K and Goodbye Foreign Oil! When the hydrogen infrastructure allows, we can swap-out the turbine APU for a fuel cell APU and we’re running on grid electric or hydrogen from grid electric or maybe home solar panels. I want one!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the info.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The photo is from a Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. They were sold in the last years and had dual power outlets in the trunk...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That photo is a press release photo of the GM hybrid truck from a July 2004 event - (goto http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/pw/05gmhybrid.htm, there is a photo of someone running a circular saw from the bed of green pickup)