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GM aims at Tesla with new, long-range electric car

6:08 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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Tom Krisher, Associated Press

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - A top General Motors Co. executive says company engineers are working on an electric car that can go 200 miles per charge and cost around $30,000.

Vice President of Global Product Development Doug Parks wouldn't say when or if such a car will be built. But he says automakers are racing to develop batteries that will go that far at a lower cost.

Currently GM sells the $35,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which can go 38 miles on electricity before a gas-powered generator kicks in. It also offers the all-electric Chevy Spark subcompact that can go 82 miles on a charge. It starts at $26,685.

Parks says GM has technology to match the 200-mile range of the $71,000 Tesla Model S. But it's shooting for lower prices.

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