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Home > GM Hybrids including Escalade, Malibu, Tahoe and more

GM Hybrids including Escalade, Malibu, Tahoe and more

2010 Cadillac
Escalade Hybrid

2010 GMC
Sierra Hybrid

2010 GMC
Yukon Hybrid

2010 Chevolet
Malibu Hybrid

2010 Saturn
Aura Hybrid

2010 Saturn
Vue Hybrid

Silverado Hybrid  

Tahoe Hybrid


General Motors Advanced Technology Update



For GM, energy alternatives that help reduce our dependency on petroleum and advanced technologies that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions are the keys to developing sustainable transportation.

  • GM’s Advanced Propulsion Technology Strategy embraces a number of advanced propulsion systems and alternative energy resources, including gasoline and diesel, bio-fuels, electricity and hydrogen fuel cells.

  • GM is improving traditional internal combustion engines and transmissions with advanced technologies that save fuel, such as variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management, direct injection and six-speed transmissions.


  • GM has pledged a broad commitment to producing electrically-driven vehicles that help diversify energy sources, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Vehicles include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, extended range electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

  • There isn’t a “silver bullet” solution for powertrain or energy technology.

  • It will take a blending of many different sources of energy to reduce both our reliance on oil and the automobile’s impact on the environment while successfully meeting the growing demand.




GM is committed to continually improving the fuel economy of its vehicles with various advanced technologies. In light of rising fuel prices, it is increasingly important for us to apply our energy diversity strategy across our product line up.  This also means offering the performance and utility that customers have a legitimate need for in certain vehicles and to do it in a package that delivers strong fuel economy.

For the 2010 model year in the U.S., GM offers more vehicle models than any other automaker that achieve 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (15 models for 2010).  

GM is focused on applying advanced fuel-saving technologies to the highest consuming vehicles first, so as to realize the greatest amount of fuel savings.

In the past three decades in the U.S., new vehicle fleet fuel economy has more than doubled for passenger cars and increased 60 percent for light trucks.

GM intends to meet the tough, new national CAFE standards of 35 mpg for cars and trucks combined by 2020, a dramatic increase of 40 percent. NHTSA’s proposed rule lays out the first set of standards toward this target. GM will work with NHTSA throughout its rulemaking process on the yearly targets and the mechanisms needed to meet this challenge

GM’s global portfolio and technical resources are a competitive advantage in developing CAFE solutions.





  • GM announced in May 2007 that it joined the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).

  • USCAP has issued a set of principles and recommendations toward slowing, stopping and reversing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions over the shortest period of time reasonably achievable.

  • GM was the first automaker to support this partnership of industry and environmental organizations working to address climate change through advanced technology on an economy-wide, market-driven basis.




Gasoline Engines

  • GM continues to make improvements to the traditional gasoline engine with advanced features such as Active Fuel Management, variable valve timing, Direct Injection, and turbocharging,   

  • GM also recently demonstrated the combustion technology called homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) for the first time in two drivable concept vehicles – the 2007 Saturn Aura and Opel Vectra. When combined with other enabling advanced technologies, HCCI provides up to a 15 percent fuel savings when combined with other fuel savings technologies, including cam phasing, direct injection , and 2-step valvetrain, while meeting current emissions standards. GM’s demonstration prototypes can operate on HCCI up to approximately 55 mpg, and an extended range operation is intended as further refinements to the control system and engine hardware are made.




  • Diesel engines are a very important part of GM’s global product portfolio.

  • For 2010 GM offers 16 engine variants available in 41 vehicle lines around the world and sells over one million diesel engines annually.

  • GM’s diesel products offer a range of choices from the 1.3L 4-cylinder diesel engine sold in the Opel Agila and Corsa, up to the U.S. 6.6L V8 Duramax diesel GM sells in medium and heavy-duty pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra) and full-size vans (Chevy Express, GMC Savana).  

  • GM first introduced the Duramax diesel in the U.S. in the 2001 model year, and since then customer enthusiasm for this heavy-duty diesel has been outstanding.  In fact, GM's heavy-duty pickup truck market share has jumped nearly tenfold in the seven years that Duramax engines have been offered. 

  • The award-winning and segment leading (in horsepower and torque) Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 is a four-valve high pressure common rail direct injection diesel currently equipped with a diesel particulate filter to meet the stringent 2007 emissions requirements. 

  • GM recently announced plans to introduce a new premium Duramax 4.5L V-8 turbo Duramax diesel in 2010 for use in light-duty trucks in the U.S. It will be capable of meeting 2010 emissions standards, will be compliant in all 50 states, and will improve fuel efficiency by up to 25 percent. The new diesel will feature a diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction (urea injection) to reduce NOx emissions.




  • GM has a very diverse hybrid program, with multiple hybrid technologies designed to meet global driving patterns and needs.  The systems vary in fuel economy savings and cost, providing an opportunity for more consumers to own a hybrid vehicle and benefit from increased fuel economy.

  • In the U.S., GM’s strategy is to save as many gallons of fuel as possible by first applying hybrid technology to high-volume and high fuel consuming vehicles like mass transit buses, full-size trucks and SUVs.

  • Our hybrid portfolio is expanding. By the end of 2008, GM is expected to offer more hybrid models (8) than any other automaker. The vehicles are: Saturn Vue Green Line, Saturn Aura Green Line, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid.

  • Over the next 4 years, GM will introduce 16 new hybrid models, an average of one every 3 months. 

  • GM will roll out the next-generation GM Hybrid system across our brands and regions, starting in North America in 2010, and we expect high volumes, far exceeding 100,000 units annually. This technology will use a lithium-ion battery and deliver nearly three times more power than the system it replaces.

Increased power will allow the next-generation GM Hybrid System to be used in a wide range of global powertrains, including naturally aspirated engines, new high-efficiency turbocharged engines, bio-fuel engines and diesels.

The next-generation GM Hybrid System will build upon the current technology available on the Saturn Vue Green Line, Saturn Aura Green Line and Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

Estimated overall fuel economy improvements for vehicles using the system of 15 to 20 percent, depending on engine and vehicle application

·         Help optimize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by:

o        Turning the engine off at idle

o        Offering brief electric-only propulsion

o        Using a more powerful electric motor to enhance engine efficiency

o        Extending fuel cutoff during deceleration

o        Extending regenerative braking to recapture more energy

o        Performing intelligent hybrid battery charging

GM has teamed up with one of the major global players in lithium-ion technology… Tokyo-based Hitachi LtdIts subsidiary, Hitachi Vehicle Energy Limited, will develop the lithium-ion battery that is key to bringing this next generation of our GM Hybrid technology to market.


Current 2010 Model Year Hybrids:

GM Allison 2-mode hybrid system for transit buses: The buses debuted in 2003. To date, GM has announced the delivery of more than 2,700 hybrid powered buses to 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Since their debut, the buses powered by GM’s hybrid technology have saved more than 3 million gallons of fuel – enough to fill 6 million 2-liter soda bottles – and reduced emissions by 30,000 metric tons. 

Saturn Vue Green Line
: Debuted in fall 2006, provides a 20% fuel economy improvement over the non-hybrid Vue by using the affordable GM Hybrid System and achieves the highest highway fuel economy of any SUV at 32 mpg. 

Saturn Aura Green Line
: Debuted for the 2007 model year, uses the GM Hybrid System, is one of the lowest priced hybrids on the market at $22,795. It achieves an EPA estimated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid:
Debuts for the 2010 model year, uses GM Hybrid system to achieve 24 city/32 highway mpg, is most affordable hybrid version of a midsize sedan at $22,790.

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid:
Debuts for 2010 model year, equipped with GM’s new 2-Mode Hybrid system, will deliver up to a 50% improvement in city fuel economy (and 30% overall for both city and highway) over their non-hybrid models.


2010 Saturn Vue Green Line: The vehicle will be available with either the GM Hybrid system, or the new 2-Mode Hybrid system. The 2-Mode version is expected to achieve up to a 45 percent improvement in combined city and highway fuel economy compared with the non-hybrid Vue.

2010 Cadillac Escalade, 2010 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (crew cab versions): These vehicles will all be available with the 2-Mode Hybrid system.

Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid: GM is the only automaker to announce it intends to produce a plug-in hybrid. Production timing is depending upon development of advanced battery technology, but given the huge potential the Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid offers for fuel economy improvement – possibly achieving double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV – this is a top priority program for GM.




·         GM’s E-Flex System is an all-electric vehicle architecture that consists of a common drivetrain system that uses grid electricity stored in a lithium ion battery.  An on-board range extender which can be a gasoline/E85-powered engine, diesel engine or hydrogen fuel cell system, creates additional electricity to extend the vehicle’s range when needed.


·         Production engineering has been initiated for two variants of the E-Flex System:

  • The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV), variant uses electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor to drive the wheels at all speeds.  For longer trips, the Volt’s on-board engine-generator set (range-extender) powered by gasoline or E85, generates additional electricity to power the car well beyond the 300 mile range customers have come to expect.

    • 40 Mile Daily Driving Pattern - The Chevy Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions and could nearly eliminate going to the gas station altogether.

    • 60 Mile Daily Driving Pattern - Drivers who travel 60 miles a day (over 21,000 miles per year) would save nearly 570 gallons of gasoline annually (compared to a similar size vehicle that averages 30 mpg) averaging about 150 mpg.

  • The fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is built on the same architecture as the E-REV variant and uses many of the same components.  This version couples our next generation fuel cell system with a smaller lithium-ion battery to provide up to 300 miles of petroleum- and emissions-free electric driving range.

  • The key to bringing the Chevrolet Volt to market is the development of the advanced lithium ion battery technology. GM is working rapidly on this and has made great progress, especially in the area of durability testing to understand how the battery will perform over the lifetime of the vehicle.




     GM continues to see hydrogen fuel cells as the best long-term solution for reducing dependency on oil.

GM is a leader in fuel cell technology and we have demonstrated our fuel cell vehicles around the world in places like Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai and Korea.

In fact, in October 2007, GM began to activate “Project Driveway” -- the largest market test of fuel cell vehicles in the world. “Project Driveway” entails the loan of 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles to every day drivers, celebrities, and other dignitaries to gauge interest, consumer reaction, and vehicle performance in the U.S. Vehicle deliveries to program participants began in early 2010. Additional deployments in Europe and Asia are also planned. In fact, GM previously announced that we will bring 10 of these fuel cell vehicles to Europe later this year as part of the Clean Energy Partnership program. We also recently announced a new partnership with Virgin Atlantic, an environmental leader in the airline business, to use a Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell Electric vehicle to offer complimentary ground transportation at Los Angeles airport to Virgin’s VIP clientele. 

GM’s goal is to design and validate a fuel cell propulsion system by 2010 that is competitive with current combustion systems on durability and performance, and that ultimately can be built at scale affordably.

Additionally, GM has called on the energy industry and government to help promote the growth of the hydrogen infrastructure to ensure that provisions for refueling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be in place when needed.




Global Energy

General Motors has reduced energy use at its global manufacturing plants by nearly 15 percent over the last five years. 


GM is a major user of renewable energy in the manufacturing sector worldwide, deriving energy for its global operations from solar, hydro, and landfill gas.


Global Waste

General Motors focuses first on eliminating waste, and then recycling waste that cannot be avoided. 

·         Today, GM’s facilities worldwide recycle 89 percent of the waste they generate.

·         General Motors has reduced by 36 percent the amount of waste generated per vehicle over the last five years. 

·         General Motors currently has 10 facilities that have achieved zero landfill status. These facilities send no waste from production operations to landfills. They recycle or create energy from all waste materials from daily operations.  


Global CO2

By saving energy and increasing the use of renewable energy sources, General Motors reduced CO2 emissions from its manufacturing operations by over 17 percent during the past five years.



General Motors will have two of the largest corporate solar power installations in the U.S. on the roofs of warehouse facilities in California by year end.

·       One of these solar arrays is on GM’s Service Parts Operations Parts Distribution Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. It was the first public solar project in the U.S. of over 1 mega watt when it began operating in fall 2007. 

·       GM is building a second solar array, also 1 mega watt, on the roof of another parts distribution center in Fontana, Calif., which will be operational December 2007. 

·       Both sites provide excess electricity back to the grid for sale to other users.


GMNA “Green” Buildings

General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant has received a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.  The building is the only automotive manufacturing plant in the world – as well as the largest facility and the most complex manufacturing site -- to ever receive any level of LEED certification.




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