PHOTO CAPTION: Exhibit Area for EDTA at 2010 Washington, D.C. Auto Show

Washington DC Auto Show Key Message: The Future in Electric

Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are the darlings of the show.

Published: 29-Jan-2010

Some automakers are using the Washington Auto Show, which opens Wednesday, to proclaim that the electrification of automobiles is just around the corner.

General Motors said on Tuesday that its Chevrolet Volt, an electric car with extended range via an onboard gas generator, would be launched later this year in three markets, including Washington.

Nissan, meanwhile, is highlighting its Leaf, an electric car that the company says will break out of the tiny niche markets for such cars so far. It is expected to go on sale in December.


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.

Chrysler 200c ENVI plug-in electric concept car could utilize battery swapping similar to Better Place proposal.

Company considering battery exchange concept as part of charging infrastructure.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid combines 125cc gasoline engine with electric assist giving claimed fuel economy of 170 mpg, with up to 12 miles in electric mode.

As with cars, electricity is playing an increasingly large part in two-wheeled transport/


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