Opel Chief Says Company Will Debut Electric Car by End of 2010

Hybrid technology too expensive for small cars, Carl-Peter Forster told European magazines, leading to conclusion that Opel will skip the IC engine and go to straight battery electric vehicle.

Published: 18-Jul-2007

General Motors Corp unit Opel plans to bring out an all-electric car at the end of 2010, GM's European chief Carl-Peter Forster was cited as saying in an excerpt from tomorrow's Auto Motor Sport magazine.

He told the magazines that hybrid technology is too costly to use in small cars. A prototype of GM's E-Flex electric engine will be presented at the IAA car show in Frankfurt in September, he said, and series production is expected to start at the end of 2010.

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