PHOTO CAPTION: La Jamais Contente was first vehicle to go 100 km/hr. It was electric. Photo credit:

Racing the Past

How the old models can speed a greener future.

Published: 09-Feb-2009

Thierry Farges unplugged his gleaming electric car at the Paris exhibition centre yesterday, jumped in and sped off before a crowd of admirers.

The sleek and silent machine was the centre of attention because it holds a world-speed record of more than 60mph - set in 1899.

The oddly named Jamais Contente (Never Satisfied) is one of a dozen clean vehicles from the 19th and early 20th century that are starring at this year's RĂ©tromobile car show.


Folding electric scooter is designed to be part of urban mobility sharing scheme.

Swiss-built, battery-powered sQuba emulates the Lotus Esprit from the James Bond film, 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

Aircar developer Guy Negre promises that within a year he will start selling a car in India that runs on compressed air, producing no emissions at all in towns.


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