PARIS-- In a climate of economic austerity in which European car sales have declined over the past few years, the renewable and other emerging technologies on display during the recent 2012 Paris Motor Show offered a glimmer of hope.
The two week event that ended here on Oct. 14 featured the latest in electric vehicle and hybrid technology. Auto makers like BMW who have been slow to enter the hybrid and EV markets showed off concept vehicles while others demonstrated the latest technologies for squeezing more miles and kilometers out of each gallon or liter of gas.
The BMW i8 Concept can
run on electric power alone. The energy supplied by the
application-designed battery (installed between the front and rear
axles) to the electric motor at the front axle gives the BMW i8
Concept an all-electric driving range of about 20 miles. The battery
can be fully recharged in two hours in a standard power socket.