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Plug-in hybrid Cruze should be more efficient than the Eco  (Source: GM)
Plug-in Cruze will be more like Prius than Volt

General Motors is taking a multi-pronged approach when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles. Its most high-profile “eco” cruiser these days is the Chevrolet Volt (which is currently having a bit of an image problem). The company also has a few traditional hybrids in the mix and is gearing up to launch a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze (Eco D).
Green Car Reports is now reporting that GM is looking to bring yet another variant of the Cruze to market to compliment the gasoline-powered Eco and the diesel-powered Eco D.  A plug-in gasoline hybrid version of the Cruze is destined for the U.S. as soon as 2014.
With the similarly sized Volt already having a place in Chevrolet’s lineup, many may wonder if a plug-in Cruze will find a market. GM's Jim Federico, however, says not to worry. "Plug-in Cruze doesn’t make Volt redundant at all," Federico told Go-Auto. "Plug-in Cruze would have a different powertrain. Plug-in hybrids use both the engine and motor all the time."
Apparently, the plug-in Cruze will be more like the Prius Plug-in than the Volt. It will be a plug-in with some capacity for full-electric driving, but will operate like a traditional hybrid; not an extended range EV like the Volt.
The Cruze plug-in will have a 5.2 kWh battery pack and have an electric driving range of 9 to 13 miles.

Source: Green Car Reports

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coal power
By superstition on 11/29/2011 10:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of electric power comes from coal plants, so I hope people trying to be green by buying plug-in hybrids understand that they're not being so green after all.

RE: coal power
By Philippine Mango on 11/30/2011 2:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
In terms of Co2, driving a pure electric car on 100% coal power is about the equivalent of driving a Toyota Prius that gets around 46-50mpg. Otherwise, in every other circumstance, the CO2 output is less with the electric car than with the Prius, though not by a whole hell of a lot... Pure electric car used in california is about the equivalent of a 70mpg car in terms of co2 emissions, great, but not spectacular. As for mercury, yeah, that's bad stuff.

RE: coal power
By FITCamaro on 11/30/2011 11:00:45 AM , Rating: 1
Does it run Crysis?

This is about the level of intelligence and thought your post brings.

RE: coal power
By lelias2k on 12/2/2011 12:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
Eletric motors are more efficient than ICEs, and power plants are very efficient at producing electricity.

While the process is not completely clean, I'm pretty sure the impact is still smaller than having ICE vehicles everywhere.

Plus, it is a young technology, with lots of room for discoveries, and every state is making progress towards clean energy.

Bottom line: We can't wait until all the stars align to start doing something. :)

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