GM, Ford and Toyota Preview Electric Cars

GM executives said they expected the first of their electric cars to be brought to market as early as 2010.

Published: 12-Jan-2007

The electric car, derided as impractical by automakers since General Motors Corp. pulled the plug on its revolutionary EV1, is staging a comeback in the United States amid lofty fuel prices and persistent worries about the nation's dependence on imported oil.

GM, the chief villain in the recent documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" had plans for a new family of electric vehicles as the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit began its four-day media preview Sunday.

In addition, Ford Motor Co. was to unveil a hydrogen-powered electric car concept of its own, and Toyota Motor Corp. was ready to announce major improvements in the batteries used in its popular Prius gasoline-electric hybrid. The enhancements could extend the five-seat sedan's all-electric range and boost overall fuel economy to as much as 90 miles per gallon.

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