Frankfurt Auto Show Goes Electric

Review of some of the more prominent HEV and BEV vehicles featured during the auto show.

Published: 19-Sep-2009

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Resource-friendly electric cars dominate this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but not every company agrees.

"The electric car will account for 10 percent of the global market in 10 years," Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault-Nissan, told the BBC. "It is time for zero emission motoring."

Those are bold words, and most European carmakers are trying to paint their image as "green" as possible at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show:


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.

Xebra low-speed, three-wheel electric truck is built in China and has top speed of 35-40 mph.

Unaudited sales for ZAP electric vehicles surged to $737,000 in August, versus $392,000 a year ago, an increase of $345,000 or 88 percent.

Rollout of the Chevy Volt electric car attended by hundreds of journalists.

Ken Bensinger's cheeky send-up of the Chevy Volt extended range electric car from General Motors.


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