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Japan's Koizumi Has Electric Car Dream

Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi test drove the Eliica pictured below and dubbed the eight-wheel electric car developed by a group of researchers at Keio University an energy revolution. The car has a top speed of 370 km/h and a range of 300 kilometers.

Published: 20-Jan-2006

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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