The diesel-electric people-movin' hybrid will be a joint venture featuring the efforts of the Chinese bus maker Sunwin, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), and the General himself. The one bus initially manufactured will be put to the test in the Michelin Challenge Bidendum, an annual competition for alternative-fuel vehicles and summit for alterna-fuel experts usually held in Europe or California. 17,000 buses operate in Shanghai, each traveling 155 miles per day. GM thinks they can achieve a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy with their hybrid technology. Let me be the first to say, with my best Aussie accent: good on ya, GM.

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