Hello, sun­shine

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

Elec­tric cars are here to stay. We pre­view sev­eral in this green-themed edi­tion, co­in­cid­ing with World En­vi­ron­ment Day on June 5. The day of the ‘‘EV’’ would have seemed re­mote to the boffins view­ing the Ex­ide Sun­dancer (above), a 6kW ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tric car at the First Sym­po­sium on Low Pol­lu­tion Power Sys­tems De­vel­op­ment in the US in 1973. Last month’s Miche­lin Chal­lenge Biben­dum, at­tended by our own Karla Pin­cott, pre­sented more than 150 drive­able cars pow­ered by elec­tric­ity and al­ter­na­tive fu­els. The event has be­come the world’s lead­ing green ve­hi­cle show­case with car mak­ers, sci­en­tists and stu­dents high­light­ing ad­vances in fu­els and en­gine ef­fi­ciency. Sadly, the Sun­dancer MkII failed to show . . . but there’s al­ways next time.

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