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Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid Could be on the Market in 2009

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GM has been talking about their Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for sometime, but the first plug-in from GM could be a Saturn Vue. According to Jill Lajdziak, brand general manager, the Vue will be the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid and will be capable of traveling 10 miles on a single charge.

The Volt isn’t planned until 2010, but if the Vue makes it to market a year earlier it will use lithium-ion batteries and GM’s new two-mode hybrid system. Lajdziak also stated that owners will be able to charge the batteries using a household power outlet.

The system that will be in the Vue is different than the one in the upcoming Volt. The engine in the Volt is used solely to charge the batteries, while the engine in the Vue is available once the batteries run out of juice.

The Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid will be the third hybrid Vue available (The 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid comes in two versions).

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