General Motors will be rolling out a plug-in electric vehicles that is being tested now, which gets 200 miles on a single charge. It’s one of two electric vehicles in development, the other one a 100 mile range car. GM’s CEO Dan Akerson talked about it during the IHS CERWeek energy conference in Houston.
Akerson said that battery energy density breakthroughs are right around the corner. The advanced battery technologies and EVs with longer range are part of GM’s target of putting a half million electrified vehicles on the road by 2017. These would include mild hybrids, other hybrids, EVs, and plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt.
Akerson was one of the keynote speakers on the future of energy at IHS CERWeek. On the subject of the future of energy, Akerson called on President Obama to create a 30-year energy plan which would include all energy forms, such as renewable and sustainable sources.
Akerson said GM has aggressive goals to reduce the curb weight of its vehicles by up to 15%. Weight loss already achieved with the Spark EV now allows that car to reach an extra five miles range from 75 miles previously, to now 80 miles, Akerson said.