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This article will outline current projects, plans, productions for
meeting ever increasing demand for electric vehcles. Included will be
each major automotive manufacture's proposals, designs specifying
range, battery type, motor design (in wheel / CVT), base price and
production date due.
1 Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)
4 Ford Motor Company
5 General Motors
8 Peugeot CitroEB%n
11 Tesla Motors
14 See also
Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)
On July 12, 2006, the DaimlerChrysler division SMART cars, announced
that it would premiere a new Smart fortwo EV at the British
International Motor Show at ExCeL on 18 July.
The car will be made available on a lease arrangement to selected UK
corporate customers with deliveries starting in November 2006. Up to
200 of the electric microcars will be built and delivered to the UK,
which will serve as the trial market for the "green" vehicle.
According to the DaimlerChrysler press release, the Smart EV sets a new
benchmark in the electric vehicle sector; it has 30kW output and a top
speed of 70 mph. It offers even better in-town performance than its
petrol powered stablemate, with 0-30 mph in 6.5 seconds. With a range
of up to 72 miles, the Smart EV is exempt from vehicle excise duty and
The drive train for the Smart EV is produced in the UK by technology
partner Zytek Group who undertake final assembly of the car in Fradley,
Ford Motor Company
Honda's FCX concept vehicle is powered by a front-mounted 80kW AC
electric motor, with 20kW pancake motors providing supplemental power
to the rear wheels. Electrical energy is provided by a 100kW hydrogen
fuel cell, with regenerative braking energy stored in ultracapacitors.
Production versions of the FCX are expected to arrive in 2009.
Mitsubishi, a Japanese automobile manufacturer, announced on May 11,
2005 that it will mass-produce its MIEV (Mitsubishi In-wheel Electric
Vehicle.) Test fleets are to arrive in 2006 and production models
should be available in 2008.(1) The first test car, revealed to be Colt
EV, is expected to have a range of 93 miles using lithium-ion batteries
and in-wheel electric motors. The target price of a MIEV should be
around US$19,000. No export decision has yet been made.(2)
Tesla Motors unveiled the 185kW (248hp) Tesla Roadster on July 20,
2006. Shipment for the supercar is expected to begin during 2007. The
Roadster will only be sold in the United States.
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