Rumored: Martin Eberhard Consulting for Volkswagen

Michael Kanellos can't confirm it, 'but figure you might want to know.'

Published: 17-Jan-2010

Martin Eberhard, one of the key figures in bringing back the electric car, is consulting with Volkswagen Group on its electric cars, according to various sources. Can't confirm it, but figured you might want to know.

Volkswagen formally announced its interest in electric cars at last fall's Frankfurt Auto Show. At the show, Audi (one of Volkswagen's primary brands) formally unveiled the E-Tron, an all-electric sports car with hub motors coming in 2012 while Volkswagen showed off the E-Up!, an economy car coming to the states in 2013 with an electric scooter in the trunk. That's the E-Tron in the photo with Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler.

How excited is Volkswagen about electric cars? It depends whom you ask. Ulrich Hackenberg, a member of VW's board and the exec who oversees technical development, said that Volkswagen will release the E-Up!in part to meet fleet emissions regulations.

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