Audi Official Warns US Gov't 'In Love' with Electric Cars

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen continues his criticism of plug-in hybrids, while his company shows off e-tron.

Published: 16-Dec-2009

Washington -- Audi's top U.S. executive warned that political leaders have "fallen in love" with electric vehicles even though it could take two decades before they are in widespread use.

At a speech at the National Press Club today, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen reiterated his belief that vehicles like the extended-range plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt are not currently financially viable without government support.

General Motors Co. plans to start selling the extended range vehicle that will travel up to 40 miles on battery power late next year.


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.

HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco (L) receives a walk-around of the Mitsubishi i MiEV from Torii-san (R), president of Mitsubishi Research and Development Europe.

Providing the outcome of the current European feasibility study is positive, the car will be introduced to European markets sometime after 2010.

GYM Electric Car is battery powered, but can also be recharged by integrated exercise equipment

The GYM concept electric car incorporates a full range of exercise equipment, that can used to recharge the car.


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