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By Aida Sevilla-Mendoza


A seismic change in the global industry is looming as the future to mobility that is electronic, increasingly petroleum-free and zero-emission. As warming and severe changes in patterns afflict the world, point to manmade emissions as the culprit and governments are imposing stringent fuel consumption and regulations. Auto manufacturers are to comply with these by developing more hybrid vehicles and plug-in electric (EVs) with fully cars as the holy grail in 10 years. Massive horsepower, speed and gasoline fumes soon be so yesterday (except, of in the case of dream cars Ferrari and Lamborghini.)

Already, the big are deciding whether to go hybrid or electric.  The industry was stunned when the upstart Tesla Inc. based in Palo California, launched the Tesla S, a zero-emission, all-electric luxury that in performance, appearance, and comfort earned rave from the motoring media.  The S gets as much as 265 miles kilometers) before it has to be recharged, every other EV on the market about 160 km of driving range or

Twenty thousand units of the S have been sold in one despite its $70,000 retail putting to shame General Chevrolet Volt EV and the Nissan EV.  And compared to the gorgeous S, the Volt and Toyota Prius look stodgy.

With Motors CEO Elon Musk to offer within a few years a EV retailing at $35,000 with a range on a battery charge, shares soared in the stock then plunged 6.2 percent this month when a of a Model S burning after it hit a metal object on the highway viral on the Web.  But since the caught fire after the punched the car’s underbody and the escaped from the car unhurt, was able to point out how the internal and other built-in safety proved how safe the Tesla S is, when a collision occurs.


TOYOTA’S Tesla’s phenomenal success may prompted Toyota Motor to display its global hybrids at an outside of Detroit as part of its (Japanese for “heart-pumping”) campaign to the company’s practical but bland by designing sexier-looking and faster The world’s largest automaker has that it is sticking to hybrids and cell vehicles for the car of the future. In last Sept.

30, Toyota chair Takeshi said the reason why Toyota introduce any major all-electric is “because we do not believe there is a to accept it.”  He added: people say hybrid vehicles as the Prius are only a bridge to the But we think it could be a long and a very sturdy one.  are many more gains we can with hybrids.  The Prius has the most important vehicle for our

Uchiyamada is often called the of the Prius since his product team was the one that developed the gasoline-electric vehicle. He said he concerned Toyota will be behind if the world becomes with EVs since hybrid technology encompasses all the technologies to make an EV.  Toyota has an version of its RAV4 compact SUV batteries and motor are supplied by but Uchiyamada said the partnership Tesla hasn’t changed dim view of all-electric cars. sells 22 hybrid vehicles comprising 16 percent of its sales.

  of these are from the Prius which has the highest fuel of any nonplug-in vehicle in the United Toyota is working on the next-generation and aims to improve its fuel by 10 percent or more.

ELECTRIC LEADER. Except for Motor Co. which downplays EVs prioritizing fuel economy and vehicle technology aside hybrid versions of the Fusion and the station wagon to challenge the other major automakers share Toyota’s outlook on While Toyota is the global in hybrids, the Nissan-Renault alliance by Carlos Ghosn is recognized as the leader in EVs. Last Nissan demonstrated a prototype Nissan Leaf electric car used laser guidance, sensors and cameras to navigate a track with various in Irvine, California.

  Ghosn that Nissan would affordable autonomous cars to the by 2020.  Although the $35,000 hasn’t sold as well as Nissan has five new EVs in the works to between now and 2016, with one of looking sportier than the and practical Leaf.


Volkswagen AG displayed the at the Frankfurt Auto Show month and announced that it go on sale in the United States in with more electrified to come if demand increases.  said it intends to become the seller of EVs by 2018.  Responding to challenge, General Motors that it is developing a $30,000 EV can go 320 km on a charge, but wouldn’t say when the car be available.  GM’s Cadillac plans a plug-in hybrid based on the technology in the Chevrolet 15,000 units of which sold in the United States August this year due to and incentives.

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plans to launch an electric of its B-Class compact next The latest to join the EV segment is whose BMW i3 subcompact, its first electric car, will go on in Europe this November and in the States in 2014 at $41,350. BMW the i8, a bigger and sportier EV more competing with the Tesla S, at the Auto Show in September.

BATTERIES. Tesla, GM, Nissan and all face the same problem: EV batteries are too expensive and deliver too usable driving range with vehicles powered by combustion engines.  Toyota Uchiyamada underscored this he said he thinks EVs require breakthroughs” on battery technology they become viable as for gasoline or hybrid-electric vehicles.

Toyota’s electric RAV4, for has a starting price of $49,800 or $26,500 more than the combustion engine RAV4 starts at $23,300.

Even Ian BMW’s head of sales in said last July at the launch of the i3 that mass will come when EVs less than 10 percent than a conventional vehicle and can at least 300 km on a battery charge. placed the market for EVs at 150,000 a year.  In Europe, BMW i3 buyers who sometimes want to drive distances will be offered allowing them occasional of gasoline or diesel-powered BMW models.

  In the States, sales of EVs and plug-in vehicles account for less half of 1 percent of the overall despite price cuts, leases and government tax incentives.

In the slow growth of the EV market has advanced battery maker Systems LLC to shift away EVs to hybrids.  The company ran out of cash ramping up production in 2009 EVs were expected to rise in the US but did not. A123 still batteries to GM for its Chevrolet Spark EV, BMW 3-, 5- and 7-Series hybrids, Daimler Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles, Fiat Ferrari and Formula One race

Nonetheless, BMW AG CEO Norbert Reithofer is a long view on the potential of “If you build such a car … you have to into the future, 10, 15, 20 years.  If you around the world, (at) the regulations in the United States, in the Union, even in China … like the BMW i3 are a must.”

Sources: The IHT

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