(TT) Germany Electric Cars
Electric vehicles on display at Frankfurt auto show
Story No.: 619600
Source: AP TELEVISION
Dateline: Frankfurt - 15 Sep 2009
Date: 09/15/2009 02:13 PM
1. Various of BMW Vision EfficientDynamics car
2. Tilt down from Opel and Vauxhall signs to Opel Ampere
3. Zoom in on Opel Ampere
4. Set up of technology analyst from ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club or German Automobile Club)
5. SOUNDBITE: (German) Manfred Gross, Technology Analyst, ADAC :
"At the moment there are a lot of limitations on electric cars. The corresponding battery technology is very expensive, they are limited in their range compared to cars with combustion engines and we can not look at them as an environmental solution for tomorrow. But we are talking about a time frame of ten years and we will see at the car show in ten years time what really happens - if they are practical and if they are in competition to the combustion engines we have today."
6. Wide of Toyota Auris Hybrid being dusted
7. Wide of Toyoto stand
8. Close up of of sign reading "Hybrid Synergy Drive"
9. Close of Toyota Hybrid engine
10. Wide of Mercedes F-cell
11. Close of sign reading "F-Cell - BlueEFFICIENCY"
12. Various of Renault electric concept cars
13. Interior of concept car
14. Wide of motor show
Car manufacturers unveiled a range of electric cars and hybrid engines at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, which opened to media on Tuesday.
Companies from Volkswagen AG to Hyundai Motor Co. took part with a particular focus on designs that eschew traditional combustion engines in favour of more environmentally friendly electric motors or a hybrid blend of both.
Analysts expect global production of purely electric cars to expand rapidly in the coming years. IHS Global Insight forecasts an increase from nearly 9,500 this year to more than 58,000 in 2011.
New offerings included BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics, a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid, and the Opel Ampere.
Toyota had new models on show including the first plug-in version of Toyota's Prius hybrid, which can have its batteries charged at a household outlet.
Renault displayed several electric concept cars and Mercedes offered up the F-Cell, which sports a fuel cell and an electric motor.
Technology analyst at ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club, the German Automobile Club), Manfred Gross, said electric cars are still limited because the technology is expensive.
He added electric vehicles may be comparable to the standard combustion engine in ten years time.
The 63rd Frankfurt Auto Show is scheduled to open to the public on September 17.