Japan's Koizumi Has Electric Car Dream
Electric cars have received a high-profile endorsement from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, but his enthusiasm has most industry leaders scratching their heads.
Long ago, major automakers concluded that electric cars are impractical, at least for mass production, and have moved on to gas-electric hybrid and fuel-cell technologies.
In December, Koizumi made a test drive in the Eliica, an eight-wheel electric car developed by a group of researchers at Keio University.
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