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and SAIC to Develop, Produce Energy-Efficient and Environmentally
Clean Vehicles in China
General Motors Corp. (GM) Chairman and CEO
Rick Wagoner and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. (SAIC Motor) Chairman Hu
Maoyuan signed a Memorandum of Understanding today in Shanghai to
explore opportunities for the local application and production of
energy-efficient and environmentally clean vehicles in China.
The two partners will
explore the expansion of the current GM-Allison-SAIC hybrid demo
bus program announced last October to a larger bus fleet for
Shanghai's mass transportation system in advance of the 2010
World Expo in Shanghai.
GM and SAIC will also pursue
passenger car hybrid options as well as other clean-energy
vehicle applications including hydrogen fuel cell technologies
for Chinas relevant vehicle platforms. The goal is to have
available a number of different models designed to meet the
different needs of China's consumers. The introduction of locally
manufactured vehicles is targeted to be available beginning in
According to Rick Wagoner,
the two companies have the technical advantage of their Pan Asia
Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture in Shanghai.
The well-established, eight-year-old local engineering and design
center will be responsible for hybrid system application
engineering and integration in vehicles.
engineers and technicians will be involved in a number of hybrid
programs applicable to vehicles manufactured by Shanghai GM. They
will build complete demonstration vehicles, assessing various
hybrid concepts for near-term production and developing local
competency in regenerative braking, electric power steering and
high-voltage battery systems.
Many of these technologies
may have direct application in the development of hydrogen fuel
cell vehicles, which both GM and SAIC believe is the ultimate
solution to taking the motor vehicle out of the environmental
equation, guaranteeing energy security and enabling a greater
number of people to have access to environmentally clean personal
To make this happen,
we need to bring down costs and build the necessary
infrastructure and the best way to do that is by business
and government working together, Wagoner said.
between SAIC and GM brings together the best resources that our
two countries and their two industry leaders have to offer,
Wagoner added. As a company with a major stake in China, GM
believes that we must focus on the industry of tomorrow. By
working together, we can help take China one step closer to the
era of sustainable transportation.
SAIC Motor will focus
on technology and innovation in the development of clean energy
vehicles, said Hu Maoyuan. We will work closely with
research institutions to actively promote the development of key
technologies. We also attach great importance to cooperation with
our joint venture partner. By further strengthening our
partnerships and enabling our joint ventures to play a major role
in the development process, we hope to get clean energy vehicles
to the market at the earliest possible date."
builds on an earlier agreement signed by GM and SAIC in Shanghai
on Oct. 30, 2004, for the development and commercialization of
clean energy vehicles. The agreement includes a series of joint
programs to promote hydrogen fuel cells and other advanced
As part of the earlier
agreement, GM and SAIC have launched a local demonstration of the
HydroGen3, GMs first fuel cell vehicle to go into
commercial operation. The local HydroGen3 made its debut in
September. The two companies are also planning to engage in
discussions around infrastructure development and in dialogue
around relevant standards and regulations. On Sept. 28, GM China
and SAIC opened an exhibition on hydrogen fuel cell technology at
the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum to educate the Chinese
public on sustainable transportation.