General Motors is has developed an alternative alternative vehicle. The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that GM has developed a prototype of a new kind of electric car that uses an internal combustion engine solely as an electric generator. Scheduled to be unveiled early next year, the car will run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that will be supplemented by electricity generated from an onboard gasoline- or diesel-powered motor when the charge runs low.
According to the Times, the car would require charging on a daily basis with each charge delivering a range of 20 to 30 miles, after which the IC engine would come to the rescue.
No details have been released on what the prototype electric vehicle might look like, but it's within the realm of possibility that it will share some parts with the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell that we saw earlier this year (pictured), which also converts an onboard fuel source into electricity to power an electric motor.