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May 05, 2004

GM Delivers the World's First Full-Sized Hybrid Pickup

General Motors Corporation (GM) delivered its first commercial hybrid-electric vehicle on May 3rd, presenting the first Chevrolet Silverado hybrid pickup to Miami-Dade County in Florida. The vehicle is the first full-sized hybrid pickup in the world, achieving a fuel economy that is 10 to 12 percent higher than GM's other half-ton pickups. GM also takes advantage of the truck's electrical generator, providing four auxiliary power outlets under the rear seat of the cab for use in powering tools and other accessories. By the end of May, GM will deliver a total of 50 Silverado hybrid pickups to Miami-Dade County for use in its fleet. GM will start selling hybrid versions of the Silverado and the GMC Sierra pickups at dealerships this fall. See the GM press release.

Photo of Ford Escape Hybrid engine cover diplaying the Ford logo with the word hybrid

A look under the hood of the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Credit: Ford Motor Company

GM delivered its new hybrid vehicle during the 10th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo, which took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from May 2nd to May 5th. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition hosted this year's event, which EERE marked in part by launching a revised Web site for its Clean Cities Program. The revised Web site provides simple, intuitive access to information about the program, and reflects the looks and feel of the EERE Web site. See the Clean Cities Program Web site and the conference Web site.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Company is preparing to start selling its Escape Hybrid sport utility vehicle in late summer. Ford expects the front-wheel-drive version to achieve 35 to 40 miles per gallon in city driving. See the updated Escape Hybrid Web site.