PHOTO CAPTION: Chevrolet Volt in front of Detroit Yacht Club. Photo: EV World

Detroit Carmakers Face Electric Car Challenges

BBC business report Jorn Madslien talks with key auto industry executives during recent Detroit Auto Show.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

Arriving at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle feels like completing a journey back in time.

The club house, with its large, formal rooms and oak panelled corridors, offers a reminder of a time when Detroit was an economic powerhouse, built around a buoyant motor industry.

Those days are long gone, however, with Detroit and Michigan only now recovering after years of suffering a single-state recession.


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.

Arcimotor plans to sell the vehicle for under $20,000.

The all-electric prototype took two years and $100,000 to build and has range of 50 miles.

Front view of Arcimoto Pulse being developed outside Portland, Oregon.

Professional planner Larry Weymouth thinks our urban transportation system can be adapted to the realities of the new century.


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