CEO Dan Akerson Says GM Will Have 200 Mile Range Electric Vehicle

Chevrolet Spark EV-2

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.