No Fuel Like A New Fuel

Environmentalism and war spur a race for gasoline alternatives

With its sleek, windswept contours, General Motors' two-seat Impact looks like any number of trendy sports cars. But the Impact is like no other vehicle on the road. It doesn't have a gas tank. It uses little oil. And it gets 120 miles with each fill-up. Miles ahead of its time, the Impact is an electric car that runs on 32 10-volt batteries. Since it burns no fuel, no tail pipes emit noxious fumes into the atmosphere. Though the car is experimental, GM last week announced it would produce it in a plant that can turn out 25,000 autos a year,...

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