Electric-Powered Cars Dominate Frankfurt Auto Show

Strict regulations coming into force in most regions and shifting consumer tastes have encouraged automakers to pursue the development of alternative technologies.

Published: 16-Sep-2009

Frankfurt -- France's Renault SA stole the spotlight at the Frankfurt Motor Show, unveiling four electric cars and pledging to bring them to market at affordable prices within three years.

Most automakers displayed concept or production vehicles demonstrating their advances in electric-car technology, which has emerged as one of the dominant themes of the show. Volkswagen revealed an e-Up electric show car along with new sporty cars loaded with horsepower, and PSA Peugeot Citroen showed an electric car based on Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s i-MiEV, already on sale in Japan.

"I think it's going to come quicker than people anticipate," Nick Reilly, General Motors Co.'s executive vice president for international operations, said of the electrification of cars.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

smart electric car being recharged in Berlin

Aggressive driving and air conditioning could cut range of plug-in hybrids and electric cars in half, says Argonne researcher. Pictured is electric version of smart being 'charged' in this publicity photo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

Jamie Lee Curtis takes delivery of second FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle in USA.

Honda is focusing on affordable gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel cell technology. Pictured is actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, the second USA customer to lease the FCX Clarity fuel cell sedan. Photo credit:Alex Berliner Berliner Studio/BEImages


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