Electric Cars Give Detroit Auto Show Its Sizzle

Fears of demand for fuels exceeding supply in the next 20 years drives auto innovation.

Published: 23-Jan-2010

There was electricity in the air and on the show floor at the Detroit Auto show.

The big boys and the new boys brought their latest green vehicles, some of the more fanciful examples will never see blacktop in big numbers but the established manufacturers are deadly serious about selling millions of their cars for the not-so distant future.

Toyota announced its intent to create a Prius family of vehicles as it broadens its enviro-friendly options with plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs) in 2015 in global markets.


Camille Jenatzy was first to break 100km/hr speed barrier in his 1899 electric car, La Jamais Contente.

Former Pirelli Tire North America CEO addresses local Rotary Club.

Roadster #750 completes road trip to Detroit despite winter driving conditions and heavy snow.

Telsa will donate the full value of production car VIN 1,000 to charities.

Subaru R1e negotiating the streets of Manhattan Island, New York City.

The range limitations of most early electric cars will matter less in tightly packed urban areas, where the daily driving distance is likely to be much shorter than in the suburbs or rural areas.


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