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GM will make a "Major Technology Announcement" related to hybrids at the Geneva Motor Show tomorrow. We invite your speculations on the nature of the announcement in the comments below, and we promise full coverage early tomorrow morning. You can watch a live webcast of the announcement by GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner online at GMnext at 8:45 a.m. EST/2:45 p.m. CET. GM-Europe President Carl-Peter Forster will join Rick in making the announcement.

[Source: GMnext]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      @Karen
      "The EV-1 is dead. It's not coming back. It was never designed to be a success. If they want an EV, they'll engineer a new one from scratch."

      "It was never designed to be a success" really ? -citation needed there.

      " a new one from scratch" actually that is exactly what they did with the EV-1 'putting a stake in the ground to show what an electric vehicle with current (1990) technology could achieve' Exploiting everything you can do with a pure electric vehicle. For instance, in the absence of a muffler pipe they were able to fit a complete belly pan which helped towards a figure of 0.19 for aerodynamic drag. The battery pack was a 2x2 matrix by 8 along the length of the car where the transmission tunnel would be for a RWD car. Today the most common platforms are FWD so these would not be suitable for adaption as you suggest. For superior handling you want the greater mass to be in the center of the vehicle and low down. Splitting the battery pack between the trunk and under the hood as would need to be done with a conventional FWD chassis today would be an invitation to spin city. It comes down to how much the designers consider safety if it can become merely an option.
      I thought it was now considered common knowledge that converting a standard gas engine platform over to electric is to guarantee a sub optimal solution. At least that's what all the car conversion projects over the last 30 years have proved. It wasn't they didn't get good mileage, it was more like ...but just not at 60mph.

      I wonder how many Teslas will have to be on the road before GM takes notice. Anyway let's move on. T2
      • 7 Years Ago
      So let's see, if a company does not announce that they are having press conference... what level of coverage should they expect?

      The Geneva Auto show is like the NFL or the NBA where folks are required to have a press event after a game. Companies make announcements and put out schedules with the topics so people who are interested can attend and ask knowledge questions at the appointed time. Sorta like the last coupe weeks of postings with the title "Geneva '08 Preview".

      BTW, it is getting close to Easter http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/12/10/videos-bob-lutz-says-toyota-will-have-egg-on-its-face-come-east/
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm betting, well, on nothing. Maybe a concept, or a partnership agreement with someone.

      All hat, no cattle.
      The Luigiian
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope that they either announce a hybrid Colorado or a hybrid Camaro. I doubt it though, probably something minor, mundane and disappointing. Looks like I'll be waiting for an Ecoboost Mustang or an attractive Toyota A-BAT...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I was on the right track with more BS, err, I mean BAS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Exactly..more bull from GM. Just tank already...
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM will announce that since Toyoya bought the controlling interest in the company GM collaborated with to develop hybrid batteries, GM & Toyota will now joint venture Series Hybrid vehicles. These are all electric cars with alternate charging systems: small gas engine, plug in the wall, fuel cell, and solar. GM will be also be leaving the North American market to pursue profitably in China, Russia, Brazil, Korea, Europe, and Terra delFuego. Goodbye UAW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BAS for everyone (standard equipment except on their real hybrids)? I might could go for that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry... before the grammar police get me....

      That should have said "The Geneva Auto show is ***NOT*** like the NFL or the NBA"
      • 7 Years Ago
      A lot of cynicism going on at the ABG site, especially aimed at GM. Its weird because most of the regulars on this site are anthropogenic global warming fanatics. So, you believe that man can change the temp OF THE EARTH, yet when GM says anything about the Volt, you become the biggest skeptics around.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ Throwback. No GM is not bashed for putting out their press schedule, but because they say it is a "mayor hybrid technology announcement!" which is rather unrealistic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Throwback, yeah let's wait for it.
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