Can we say that the race is on? Tesla just needs a factory – Hyundai just needs the car.
But what next – and this may really surprise you but:
Brown’s electric dream for Britain
Exclusive: PM reveals plans to create first ‘green’ cities geared towards electric cars in drive to create 400,000 new jobs
Yes – THAT Gordon Brown – but the question is – why now?
Obviously an election is nearer than we think? This has to be an election promise? Or, just that he likes the sound bite.
Personally I think it’s a brilliant idea – and long, long over due.
Gordon Brown has promised an environmentally friendly Budget later this month to kick start a “green recovery” – including the mass introduction of electric cars on Britain’s roads.
Prime Minister trailed measures to make Britain “a world leader” in producing and exporting electric cars, hybrid petrol-electric vehicles and lighter cars using less petrol. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, will announce in his Budget that trials for electric cars in two or three cities will begin next year. Councils will be invited to bid to become Britain’s first “green cities”. The Government will open talks with power companies to ensure the vehicles can have their batteries recharged at a national network of power points at the roadside.
That is cool, bullshit, but still cool.
But, back to that car from Hyundai:
the futuristic car promises an electric-only driving distance of up to 64km on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of up to 2.2 liters/100 km (106mpg) Hyundai says. Blue-Will, the company says, is a test bed of new ideas that range from the unique profile to drive-by-wire steering and touch screen controls.
The Blue-Will concept is powered by an all-aluminum 152hp Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6L which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive architecture.
YEAH! But how fast will it go?