GM Announces Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Buick model could get twice the mileage of similar automobiles
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2009 10:52 AM CDT
General Motors Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson, left, shows the automaker's Volt vehicle to Vice President Joe Biden in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – General Motors’ Buick brand will churn out the first plug-in hybrid SUV by a leading automaker, the company said today. “Buick will get our first plug-in hybrid, which will put the brand front and center in the advanced technology game,” said a GM exec. The company says the crossover SUV, available in 2011, could get twice the mileage of similarly-sized autos, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The model, which hasn’t been named yet, will employ a lithium-ion battery built by LG Chem and a subsidiary. “This further demonstrates GM’s commitment to battery development,” said the executive.