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.


Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

The plug-in hybrid could provide most all of the benefits of the electric car with few of it disadvantages. Pictured is 1912 Detroit Electric.

Whether or not smart will decide to increase production of the ev, one thing has been established: despite popular belief, the electric car is certainly not dead. Pictured is smart convertible fortwo.


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