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.



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