Warehouse Blaze Destroys Record-Claiming Electric Car
Berlin - A mysterious blaze in a Berlin warehouse has destroyed a record-breaking electric car based on the now defunct Audi A2 saloon amid doubts of whether claims for the car's remarkable performance are genuine.
The case is being treated by police as arson after it came to light recently that the vehicle belonging to Berlin firm DBM Energy had been gutted in the blaze last December. A few months earlier the Audi had travelled from Munich to Berlin on only one charge of its battery pack. Most electric cars of the type only manage up to 150 km. before needing a recharge.
Germany's ADAC automobile organisation expressed doubts about the so-called record run along with other industry experts. They voiced suspicsions that the car's battery may have boosted when it vanished from the sight of journalists for 30 minutes during the run.
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