Eclec­tic and elec­tric

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

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

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