General Motors’ future green-car efforts will focus on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, rather than conventional hybrid powertrains, product chief Mary Barra said today.
Barra said GM has narrowed its future development emphasis on plug-ins in an effort to defend its leadership position solidified with the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, launched in 2010. GM will unveil an electric Spark minicar this month at the Los Angeles auto show.
“A major focus for GM’s electrification strategy will center on the plug,” Barra said via a satellite feed to reporters gathered here for a GM event. She added that plug-ins offer “a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” and that Volt owners “love the ability to refuel at home.”