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Volkswagen unveiled its plug-in hybrid XL1 at the show, it says gets around 260 per gallon and weighs less 1,800 pounds.

Previously the of an industry looking to reduce its on fossil fuels, the electric car has a less prominent role at the Motor Show this

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Electric vehicles not completely absent from the as the 83rd edition of the Geneva kicked off, but no new models unveiled and car company executives on for the media days on Tuesday and barely mentioned them.

Public confidence (in electric) has fallen since its peak at the show in 2010, when we talked electric, BIPE Clement Dupont-Roc told

Back then, French Renault, which leads the market, opened the order for its first electric models and executive Carlos Ghosn he expected the cars to represent 10 of the market by 2020.

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Renault’s compatriot PSA also into the space, as did Japan’s with its Leaf.

But as things today, sales have far short of expectations.

In France, which claims to be the market in Europe for electric, than 6,000 new such were registered last


The low volumes are part of the explanation for the offering on display in Geneva, but are other issues as well.

are three tasks we have to when it comes to electric One is pricing, second is the milage can cover and the third is infrastructure, Masuko, the president of Japanese told AFP at the show.

Mitsubishi has providing PSA with electric but last August the French halted the influx since it was to unload the ones it already

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We had weak forecasts for and now, we’re selling less than those forecasts, acknowledged Maxime in charge of PSA’s Peugeot

Nissan has also been to meet its objective of selling Leafs in Europe. As a result, it was a new version in Geneva offering range and especially a lower according to industry media.

which already has the Volt car and is preparing to launch a new, one called Spark, is also not on a European boom in the segment any soon.

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I don’t see (electric) growing in a market, Susan Docherty, who the company’s European operations, at the Geneva show.

Analyst agreed that growth in the will likely be a few years

A turn-around could come in 2017, when the electric that are today mainly for fleets arrive on the second-hand he said.

In the meantime, carmakers are their time, offering customers low-emission-small-engine cars, and are other greenish technologies hybrids.

The leader in the sector, Toyota, for instance unveiled a new hybrid at the Geneva show.

And PSA was pushing its Hybrid Air technology, uses petrol and compressed

We want to show that hybrids are not the only possible explained Karim Mokaddem, who is on the project and promises coming will use just three of gasoline to drive 100 kilometres.

Volkswagen meanwhile unveiled its plug-in hybrid XL1 at the show, it says consumes less one litre of petrol per 100 kilometres and less than 800 kilos.

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But Volkswagen is only planning on 250 units, and is unlikely to immediately the market by storm.

Nissan, German Daimler and US Ford are meanwhile aiming to hit the in their development of affordable vehicles — a technology is taking a while to get rolling but they hope to get on the roads by

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