GM Boss Hopes Senate Gets a Charge From His Hybrid

This time, GM's Wagoner drives Volt to hearings
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 3:05 AM CST
The Chevrolet Volt is unveiled at a General Motors centennial celebration in Detroit. Whether the corporation survives to build it may depend on Congress.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Last time they went before Congress rattling tin cups, the chief executives of the Big Three automakers made the mistake of flying to Washington in luxuriously tricked-out corporate jets. Today GM chief Rick Wagoner is driving a fuel-efficient hybrid Chevy Volt prototype to Senate hearings on the proposed bailout for the car companies, reports the Detroit Free Press.

GM  officials plan to start building a production model of the Volt in late 2010. The car is designed to travel on electricity for 40 miles. A gas engine kicks in to recharge the batteries, power electric motors and provide a few hundred miles more of driving.