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Car makers urged to go electric

THE world's automobile makers should enhance the vehicle electrification process and create a wireless system for vehicles to communicate with each other to make future automobiles free from petroleum and emissions as well as accidents and congestion, the top official of GM told a forum at the Expo site today.

The SAIC-GM Pavilion today held a forum on World Expo and Sustainable Automotive Industry Development in the pavilion.

World-renowned scholars, automotive industry experts and government officials discussed "Post-Expo" opportunities for sustainable automotive industry development.

Chen Hong, Vice Chairman of the SAIC Group and President of SAIC Motor, said SAIC would speed up the commercialization of new energy vehicles and explore our new strategy for sustainable automotive industry development.

John Du, director of GM's China Science Lab, said GM would accelerate the electrification process through growing research in batteries, electric motors, power electronics and production-intent fuel cell systems.

He said the automaker would also integrate more smartphone applications and evolve GM's OnStar in-vehicle telematics technology.

Since May, the SAIC-GM Pavilion has hosted monthly forums highlighting the challenges and solutions for sustainable mobility.

The five previous forums have covered topics including the pathway to sustainable mobility, the creation of the mobility Internet, the electrification of the automobile, the ongoing importance of creative design, and the development of technology solutions for urban transportation for achieving GM and SAIC's vision.


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