Porsche presented its luxury Panamera S aerodynamic, developing speed up to 167mph. Above all, model on display in Geneva is able to travel for about 20 miles only on battery power. It’s a fast, powerful and extremely economical hybrid. Electric motor is placed near to the 3-litre petrol engine, and according to the producer claims it can drive for 91 miles on a single gallon of petrol. It is not because of the savings, nut because the company ‘’have big concerns about the environment.”
Side by side with Porche is BMW who released the i3 last year, a little all electric city car. BMW invested billions of euros in the new model. Ian Robertson, BMW’s global marketing chief, says the market for electric cars is approaching to the level where batteries will become same what is now petrol or diesel. “If you look back over the past three years, the electric car market has multiplied by a factor of 25,” he says. BMW executive is saying that there’s no doubt in our mind that it’s coming quickly and there is legislation supporting this in many cities. “I think we’re going to see a lot of growth in this area,” Robertson says.
Producers are positioning battery power on the market
French carmaker Renault also invested invested electric cars, along with its partner company Nissan. Half of its large stand at this year Geneva motor show is dedicated to battery-powered models. This alliance star in Switzerland is last year presented Zoe supermini. Little two-seat Twizy, and a Kangoo delivery van are also exposed.
Tesla, has been increasing production of its Model S, and development this kind of strong cars is breaking prejudices about electro-cars as slow and impractical.
Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, said in Geneva to the journalists that its first-ever electric vehicle will likely have a range of at least 250 miles and will debut in 2019. “That’s what I put in as the prerequisite for the United States,” Kerssemakers said. “If I want to make a point in the United States, if I want to make volumes, that’s what I believe I need.”
Some manufacturers, like Toyota are not believing in battery-powered cars, but one is sure: this technology is taking the market.