Auto Industry Sees Bright Future for Electric Vehicles

VOA report on recent EDTA conference in Washington, D.C. See EV World report.

Published: 10-Dec-2008

Major auto companies worldwide see electric cars in their future, and a lot of motorists are driving them today, mostly in the form of gas-electric hybrids.

The industry's U.S. trade group met in Washington recently to focus on some of the technical and policy challenges they face. And those challenges are numerous.

Gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles today store their fuel in a metal tank. Electric cars store theirs in a battery. Battery technology has been improving rapidly, but Nancy Gioia of Ford says it's still a major roadblock.

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