Fu­ture of mo­tor­ing is elec­tric

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.”

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