Batteries the Buzz in Paris
Automakers hoping to cash in on environmental concerns are displaying dozens of battery cars at the 2008 Paris auto show as the race to offer the first commercially viable electric car charges up.
But executives acknowledge that uncertainties linger over the batteries needed to power them. The technology needs to advance to meet cost and weight requirements and infrastructure to recharge them is lacking.
Some of the models on show – such as Renault's ZE concept – are still prototypes while others such as Daimler's Smart ED, have entered the test phase.
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