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.

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