The Car: An Electric Challenge

Silent, exhaust-free and otherwise kind to the environment. Powered by a simple motor that is 90% efficient. Easy to handle. Inexpensive to maintain.

Does this description fit some future vehicle that is still beyond man's technological grasp? It does not. Last week twelve shiny versions of this ideal car were lined up for public inspection at the first International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Phoenix, Ariz. Some of the models were familiar Volkswagens and Renaults, converted to run on battery power. Others were brand new and strange-looking. General Electric unveiled its squat, three-door...

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