Eclectic and electric
ELECTRIC cars will put the spark into this year’s Paris Motor Show, which opens tomorrow. Every major carmaker at the biggest European car event this year is planning some sort of electrification, from city runabouts to full-on supercars.
Kia is building its Paris display around the tiny plug-in POP.
It’s a three-seater and unlikely to make it to Australia, but it’s already set for production within two years.
French brands have also plugged into the electric action, with Renault doing more compacts and Peugeot going all-out on a battery supercar called the EX1 (below).
Peugeot says the radical-looking EX1 has ‘‘lightning acceleration’’ thanks to a pair of electric motors with 240Nm of constant torque and an all-wheel drive system.
The French concept is a full 177cm wide but only 90cm tall to cut its drag.
Infiniti, the Nissan luxury brand set for an Australian comeback within two years, is using Paris to showcase an electric vehicle which taps the program that has already produced the Nissan Leaf.
The Leaf is a sellout in Japan and promised eventually for Australia.
Even scooters are involved in the electric action.
Both Daimler and BMW Group are revealing battery-powered twowheelers at the show.
— Paul Gover