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If Barack Obama and McCain are as serious as they say are about ending U.S. on foreign oil, they want to dispatch a trusted or two to the Paris Auto Show, a global industry extravaganza opened last week.

In the exhibition halls in southern one color dominates: green. the carpeting and lighting to the artificial trimming and acid-green cocktail worn by countless exhibition the message is hammered home the industry has staked its economic on the green revolution. The transformation has swift.

Only a few years ago sued California and Rhode to stop governors from local limits on carbon emissions, and they have hard against the European efforts to legislate emission from Brussels.

Why the change of Basic economics. Fewer 1 million cars were in the U.S. last month the monthly figure in 15 years as car and job prospects dried up for many And in Europe, where nearly of car purchases are financed, auto have told reporters they are bracing for tough ahead. (Click here to see the important cars of all time. )

Yet there is one reason drivers be tempted to spend tens of of dollars on a new car: the urge to go Says Matthieu Tenenbaum, director of Renault’s electric-car If we continue making polluting some day or other we will selling cars.

By far the industry’s contest is to develop a mass-market vehicle, and the Paris show has 19 of on display. Most are versions of the system: well-insulated cars electric batteries that into regular outlets at or at charging stations on the street, a like filling the tank. would recharge in a few hours six hours in the 110-volt U.S. or half that time in Europe) and run for about 100 miles full. Executives are betting range will suffice in where people use cars to commute to work and run errands town.

General Motors is testing its model, the Chevrolet Volt. in and plans to sell between and 200,000 Volts a year in the from 2010; the car would to regular fuel once the runs out. Renault roll out its ZE (for zero electric car in Europe in 2011, and estimates that by 2015, companies will have about 2.5 million electric in Europe about 15% of all vehicles on the Continent.

Yet this green is hardly problem-free or environmentally First, if oil prices continue perhaps to last year’s mark, drivers may opt to keep old cars, especially if the recession in the and Europe deepens and car loans get harder to obtain. In debt and slumping sales, the auto is also competing against high-tech companies in Silicon which are also racing to a lithion-ion car battery. What’s the billions that the auto are spending in research could be during the recession, especially it is difficult to estimate how many cars they will sell. Everybody is wondering the market will be for electric and nobody has the answers, says Morsing, GM’s public manager in Denmark.

It depends very much on oil

Nor should it be overlooked that cars need electricity, and it isn’t necessarily a clean Like GM, Nissan has a new electric the Nuvu, on display at the Paris and like GM, it is rolling it out in Denmark a of 5 million people with wind power and spare during night hours, most drivers are likely to their cars. Renault’s ZE is tested in Israel, where are plans to install the nation’s battery-charging stations, outside Tel by the end of the year. Yet Israel is hardly its 7 million people live in a country with a reliable supply and closed borders conditions for installing a nationwide of electric charging stations .

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It’s hard to imagine cars solving the serious problems in China or in electricity-starved More than 90% of China’s comes from overstretched stations. You could end up substituting CO2 from a tail pipe CO2 emissions from a power says Morsing. If you cannot alternative energy, the whole of electric cars falls

In the end, governments will to decide what is more cutting imports from the East or cleaning up the planet.

and McCain have vowed to do Obama has promised an ambitious to end Middle East and Venezuela oil in 10 years, partly by putting 1 plug-in hybrid cars on roads by 2015 and giving a tax credit to each person who an electric car. McCain has a $5,000 tax credit for people pure, zero-emission electric (GM’s Volt would not with a sliding scale of tax for those buying low-emission


McCain says he would give a whopping $300 prize to whichever company an electric-car battery so cheap and that it would be a credible for the combustion engine.

Whether campaign promises can survive the meltdown looks uncertain. In the debate on Sept. 26. Jim Lehrer Obama and McCain to name programs they would to drop during the recession.

into answering, Obama he would not abandon his program to the U.S. independent of foreign oil but that there may be individual that we cannot do.

But there is one factor which is to press car companies into green: all of us. So long as drivers of high oil prices (more $8 per gallon in Paris) and feel satisfaction at switching to cleaner automakers are likely to oblige with affordable electric But should oil prices plummet, we once again be lulled thinking that all is well or at good enough with Earth.

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