At a press conference featuring GM's chairman, Rick Wagoner, as well as the head of GM Europe and Vinod Khosla, GM released two new E-85 Ethanol vehicles, a Saab, and of all things, a Hummer.
It's a bit dubious that GM makes this ultra-environmental announcement at a Hummer / Saab press conference, generally not GMs greenest brands. But this is along with the very exciting biofuel announcement (see below).
The new Hummer H-X is being billed as a young person's Hummer. A lighter, more efficient, two-door Hummer, and, of course, E-85 capable. Don't worry, though, it's still really inefficient and audacious...just slightly less so than the original.
The Saab 9-4X is is similarly uninteresting, aside from how gorgeous it is. The car does use a lot of aluminum, to keep weight down, so it should be at least a little bit more efficient. But the story remains GM's newfound focus on biofuel development. While they've been more than happy to build E-85 capable vehicles in the past, now they're actually getting involved in promoting the production and distribution of ethanol from non-food crops.
**Update: I just want everyone to know that Vinod Khosla just commented on this article, so check out the comments to see what he has to say.
Note: GM paid for my hotel and travel to the Detroit Auto Show.
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