Frankfurt Auto Show: Electric Cars At the Starting Line

Are some carmakers awakening expectations that they cannot fulfill in a reasonable time frame?

Published: 15-Sep-2009

FRANKFURT -- The electric car is at the starting line, and the gun is about to sound. Now automakers must prove that the technology, and the market, are ready.

After years of talk and prototypes, some automobile makers believe the electric vehicle is about to become more than just a science experiment.

The French company Renault will unveil a lineup at the Frankfurt motor show this week that includes a purely electric sedan, without a backup internal combustion engine. Renault says the vehicle will be in showrooms by 2011.

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