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It sounds like GM is in the process of developing some improved technology that allows economical production of a gasoline powered hybrid that uses its engine as a generator only - meaning its never directly connected to the drivetrain (in the conventional sence of the term). Some design parameteres are:
0 to 60 in 8 second range, 560mi. range, same cargo capacity as cars now. Some things to consider - does shifting the pollution to the power plant really make this a cleaner car?, will it be cheaper to run - electric power in some parts of the county are pretty high already. This car is supposed to run on elecrtic only for the first 40mi.

Heres a link http://www.chevrolet.com/electriccar/index.jsp
 

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It sounds like GM is in the process of developing some improved technology that allows economical production of a gasoline powered hybrid that uses its engine as a generator only - meaning its never directly connected to the drivetrain (in the conventional sence of the term). Some design parameteres are:
0 to 60 in 8 second range, 560mi. range, same cargo capacity as cars now. Some things to consider - does shifting the pollution to the power plant really make this a cleaner car?, will it be cheaper to run - electric power in some parts of the county are pretty high already. This car is supposed to run on elecrtic only for the first 40mi.

Heres a link http://www.chevrolet.com/electriccar/index.jsp
Would work similar to trains from what I understand. We had a mower at work by JD that was similar, the engine drove an electric power plant, the motor ran at half the speed the same unit with a conventional motor need to run to do that same task, so yes I would say there is an avenue for saving in pollution along with money.
 
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