Speaking at at the 2013 IHS CERAWeek energy conference earlier this week, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson described a way in which the automaker is taking a unique approach to developing electric vehicles by working on technologies concurrently in an effort to see which one ends up being best.
“We’re actually developing a car today which is really anathema to the way the auto industry works,” said Akerson. “We’re running a dual play on the technology to see which one will succeed. One will result in a 100-mile range”, the other will be a 200-mile range.”
An electric vehicle with a 200-mile range is more than twice that achieved by the automaker’s currently only pure-electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Spark EV. We should also note that GM also has a fleet of electric Chevrolet Cruzen prototypes floating around Korea… but nothing has been said about that effort in at least a year.
The GM Authority Take
Nice to know that The General isn’t putting its eggs all in one (Voltec) basket.