Even though General Motors has scrapped the Saturn brand and the Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid along with it, GM’s Vice Chairman Tom Stephens says that a plug-in SUV is on track for 2011.
“I can tell you that I won’t lose one day in terms of customers being able to walk into dealerships and actually purchase a plug-in,” Stephens said in an interview with Reuters.
Stephens said that GM could also launch an all-electric small car for cities. The move will mark the return to a technology that GM once dropped in 2003 with the battery-powered EV1 in California.
“I think there’s pent-up demand for the technology,” said Stephens.
GM plans to have a total of 14 new hybrid models on the road by 2012 – the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be the center of those 14 hybrids.
– By: Omar Rana