Zero Emission Cars Remain Only A Dream

If battery manufacturers could make a breakthrough then the electric car could see a renaissance.

Published: 28-Dec-2006

The dream of smog-free cities served by whispering fleets of zero-emission cars could still be decades away from becoming reality.

Internal combustion engines have established such a stranglehold on the automotive industry that they will probably outlast everyone alive today, automotive specialists suggest.

Only limited numbers of non-polluting cars that run on hydrogen-powered fuel cells or that burn hydrogen rather than petrol or diesel are on the road, and even their most vociferous supporters say they will stay in the slow lane to the future.

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