Greenpeace says the electric cars are a failure

Wolfgang Lohbeck, a Greenpeace’s transport expert was interviewed by Stern publication, and talks about electric cars and how they will influence the future.

He said that electric vehicles are a big failure.

The lack of subsidies is the biggest obstacle in their use, as building a network of stations for electric cars is very difficult.

By contrast, Wolfgang Lohbeck believes that public transport would need improvements.

“The future belongs to new things,” said Greenpeace representative at the end of the interview.

5% of the Audi sold cars will be electric

About 5% of the total cars that Audi will sell in 2020 will be electric models, believes Michael Dick, one of the German mark’s directors.

Audi sets up until Sunday, at its stand from the Geneva Motor Show, the concept of “A1 e-trone”, an electric version of the fresh class model of small size launched by Audi A1.

A1 e-trone is the third concept 100% electric presented by the manufacturer and also the smaller one.

Last year, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and in early 2010, at the Detroit Motor Show, Audi displayed other two e-throne concepts, both with sportive claims.

In addition, Audi has decided that one of the sport e-throne concepts to enter into series production in 2012 at the latest.

Even if there isn’t any official announcement concerning this matter, is almost certain that the A1 concept e-throne will make, at a certain time, the step to be a self status model.

Michael Dick told “Automobilwoche” that Audi needs about three years in order to implement the A1 e-trone in the commercial range.

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Toyota hurries up the developing process for the future battery generation

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This section is especially made for hybrid battery and electric cars. Therefore, Toyota staff hopes to obtain a set of batteries much more performance until launching Prius Plug-in Hybrid in 2012. Unlike the current Prius, his plug-in version is equipped with a set of batteries lithium-ion, which offers high performance, but much more expensive.

Except its high performance and bigger capacity, the lithium-ion batteries have a longer lifetime and also a bigger endurance on download/upload cycles
Although we can expect that the new batteries will use lithium-ion technology, Koei Saga, one of the staff members did not want to comment upon the launching date of these batteries or the technology they use.

Koei Saga said Toyota is taking into consideration the possibility of signing a contract with a bigger batteries producer so that they grow Prius production and other models which use this type of part. For now, Toyota staff uses batteries develop next to Panasonic Japanese, company to which Toyota has shares.

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