Future of motoring is electric
SPARKS were flying in Frankfurt last week as the world’s car bosses spelled out that we will all soon be driving electric cars – providing governments build enough power stations to charge them.
Manufacturers raced to outbid each other over how many of their cars would soon be electric.
Even Britain’s three-times F1 champion Lewis Hamilton got in on the act, unveiling Mercedes-Benz’s outrageous $4 million “race car for the road”.
The petrol-electric hybrid Project 1 hypercar uses a 1.6litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, like that in the Mercedes-AMG’s F1 cars, combined with lithium-ion batteries and four electric motors.
This propels it from rest to 200km/h in under six seconds.
Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Muller, head of Europe’s biggest car maker, said the move to electric was “unstoppable” and it would launch 80 new electric cars by 2025.
BMW unveiled its electric i5 executive saloon.
BMW chief executive Harald Krueger said: “By 2025 we will be offering 25 models with an electric drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric.”