General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has revealed the company is developing an electric vehicle that could have a range of up to 200 miles (322 km).
Speaking at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference, Akerson said “There will be breakthroughs in battery technology" and the company is testing two different systems to see which one will succeed. The executive declined to go into specifics, but said one will result in a vehicle with a 100 mile (161 km) range while the other could lead to a vehicle with a 200 mile (322 km) range.
Akerson also confirmed plans to reduce their vehicle's weight by using advanced materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium. Under this initiative, General Motors aims to reduce weight by up to 15 percent by 2016. As Akerson explained, “A good rule of thumb is that a 10-percent reduction in curb weight will reduce fuel consumption by about 6.5 percent."