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GM looks for partner to share hybrid development costs

Published by Steve Coleman on August 23, 2011

General Motors is looking for a European partner to help develop hybrid vehicle powertrains.

GMs Europen unit Opel is looking for a way to meet EU requirements that automakers produce vehicles that produce, on average, 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2020.

An increase in the number of gasoline/electric hybrids on the road is one way the car company is looking at meeting the guidelines.

By the end of this year, Opel is putting its money on the Ampera, an extended-range electric car based on the Chevrolet Volt. Pre-production sales of the €40,000 vehicle are reported to have already hit 6,000 units.

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