No Technical Show Stoppers for GM Electric Car

Car that gets over 200 kilometres a litre could be on sale by 2010.

Published: 09-Jan-2007

DETROIT -- Work on an electric car that can travel over 200 km on a litre of gasoline is so advanced the car could be on sale by 2010, says General Motors.

A concept GM electric propulsion system called e-Flex uses the same high-power lithium-ion batteries found in laptop computers. They can power a small car up to 64 km on a single charge -- then keep going as a tiny gasoline engine kicks in to drive an on-board generator.

Such a car could eventually offer a cleaner mode of transportation for the thousands of Lower Mainland motorists who commute to and from work. The City of Vancouver's 2006 Transportation Plan Progress Report said up to 62 per cent of Greater Vancouver-area commuters preferred driving vehicles, while 10 per cent travelled by public transit and 11 per cent walked.

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