PHOTO CAPTION: Ford's Focus electric car drive system exhibit at 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit:EV

Big 3 Say They'll Need Help to Go Electric

Reducing the cost of electric car battery packs is the biggest technical and economic challenge confronting automakers.

Published: 26-Jan-2009

DETROIT -- When Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., strolled into the Ford Motor Co. display this month at the Detroit Auto Show, Mark Fields had his pitch for electric vehicles ready.

The Ford vice president steered Corker toward a display showing the underside of a Focus converted to all-electric power, and pressed a case that Ford and other automakers couldn’t make such models happen alone.

"We are really going to need to partner with the government and the electric companies," Fields said. "The infrastructure is key. If you’re going from one state to another, where are you going to plug in, what are you going to charge for it?"


With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.

Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.


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