General Motors is engaged in a "dual play," according to CEO Dan Akerson.
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What's a "dual play?" It's when you develop and test two different types of technology because you're not quite sure which one will work or be a fit in the future. At least that's how we'll define it here.
It's reported that CEO Akerson unleashed this "dual play" terminology during a presentation at the IHS CERAWeek 2013 in Houston, Texas.
Here's Akerson's remark:
"There will be breakthroughs in battery technology, they’re on the horizon. We’re actually developing a car today which is really anathema to the way the auto industry works: We’re running a dual play on the technology to see which one will succeed. One will result in...a 100-mile range...the other will be a 200-mile range."
A 100-mile range electric vehicle, though not common today, is available right now, so too is a 200-mile electric vehicle. But none of those wear a badge from one of General Motors' brands.
Akerson offered no further details on the vehicles or battery technology in play for either the 100- or 200-mile electric vehicles, so the CEO's statement leaves us with more questions than answers.
If a 200-plus mile electric vehicle is what you desire, then there's already an existing solution sitting in the showroom at your nearest Tesla store...Just sayin'
Check out video of Akerson's remarks about GM's push to integrate higher fuel efficiency vehicles into their lineup: