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Default GM asking Department of Energy for $2.6 billion to build hybrids?


General Motors released an updated business plan to Congress on Wednesday, and one of the main points of interest surrounds the automaker's request of an additional $2.6 billion for the production of the Chevrolet Volt and two additional variants based on the same Voltec powertrain architecture.

The report doesn't spell out what the two new Volt-like models would be, but there's speculation a production model based on the Cadillac Converj concept (possibly as a 4-door sedan) might be in the works. Offering the Volt's high-tech and expensive powertrain at a Caddy-level price point makes plenty of sense as it would allow GM to subsidize the cost of its development and lower the price of production.

These funds would reportedly come from the Department of Energy's $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program and is separate from and in addition to the ongoing negotiations for bailout funds between General Motors, Chrysler and the U.S. government. The total amount GM has requested under the D.O.E. program now stands at $10.3 billion.
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