Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Electric Car Revolution

New Audi A2 electric car sets long-distance record

"On Tuesday, a prototype of a new all-electric Audi A2 car completed an early morning 600 kilometer (372 miles) drive from Munich to Berlin on a single charge. 

"If any journalists want to charge up their iPhones, we still have some electricity left," quipped driver Mirko Hannemann, 27, just after completing the seven-hour journey.

Company representatives say that the four-seater has a recommended speed of 130 kilometers per hour, and has many of the same features of other cars, including power steering, airbags, air-conditioning and even heated seats.

Automobile manufacturers working on electric cars have been hampered in the past by their limited range compared to hybrid- or combustion-engine vehicles."

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