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Old 11-29-2006, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default GM To Develop Plug-In Hybrid VUE

It looks like GM is using Saturn to introduce its new technologies in the future. They seem to be very confident in the brand.

Basically, the plug-in hybrid will let you charge the batteries on normal 110v house current to give you up to 10 miles of gas-free driving. When needed, the gas engine (3.6L V6) will kick in.

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Old 11-29-2006, 03:38 PM   #2
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that's sweet - right about the time my current SUV gets paid off

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Old 11-29-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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10 miles? Is that a complete joke? That has to be a misprint. That's about as worthless as the current greenline. GM, come back when it can get >= 100 miles on plug in only.

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Old 11-29-2006, 04:01 PM   #4
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10 miles doesn't seem worthless to me. The first 10 miles of my commute would be gas-free, and many local errands would be gas-free.

The average driver goes about 35 miles a day. So they would automatically see a 30% reduction in gas usage on top of the hybrid mileage savings.

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Old 11-29-2006, 04:35 PM   #5
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Working from a home office... Most times I drive less than 10 miles round trip.
Stores, bank, post office, etc.
My gas would probably go stale before I'd burn a tank full.

Unless going to the cabin/taking a trip, I'd need NO gas.
Wonder what it would do to my electric bill??

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Old 11-30-2006, 10:59 AM   #6
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Sounds interesting to me as well..my drive to work is about 4 miles of suburban driving.

I don't quite get why they would use it with the 3.6 over the 2.4..it would be more 'green' that way..I guess they're going with the power over efficiency route..that and nobody would pay 35K for a four cylinder.

Now I think they should add a solar panel on the roof so that it can charge while I'm at work

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Old 11-30-2006, 11:04 AM   #7
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Household electricity is cheaper and "cleaner" than automobile gas engines. ANY power you can tap from your municipal electric supply is better than none.

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i'm sure w/ enough time at radio shack you could adapt one of those that charges your normal car battery via solar -> cigarette adapter so that it goes from solar -> lithium battery

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Old 11-30-2006, 12:44 PM   #9
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I read this interesting article this morning on the concept. http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?se...cal&id=4807675

The other interesting side note to Vue owners is the new Buick Enclave that has been announced (using the same drive train and the '08 V6 Vue). I'm curious what the price will be on the Enclave. Its definitely getting a lot of buzz right now as a departure from the Blue-Hair set.

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