World's Car Makers Disagree About Electric Car Future

BBC reporter Jorn Madslien's perspective on the conflicting points of view being conveyed during the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Published: 18-Sep-2009

Frankfurt's city streets may not be the best for testing cars, yet accelerating between the traffic lights in a Tesla offers a powerful insight into the electric future that most players in the motor industry are raving about.

Tesla says its new electric roadster accelerates from 0-100 kilometres (0-60 miles) per hour in four seconds and can go on cruising for almost 400 kilometres. But it also comes with a 99,000 euros ($146,000; £88,000) price tag.

Plans are under way to bring electric cars to the masses, however, with most carmakers at the Frankfurt motor show displaying concepts to illustrate how they see the future.


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.

Mitsubishi i MiEV Concept Mini-van

i MiEV is five passenger, battery-powered car with range of 80-100 miles per charge, which would be ideal for majority of population who live in or near the capital of Reykjavik. Pictured is a earlier i MiEV mini-van concept vehicle.

Press and media crowed GM CEO Rick Wagoner at debut of Chevy Volt electric car.

A report from the Congressional Budget Office on Monday indicated that guaranteeing the loans would cost as much as $7.5 billion, double the original estimate.


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