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Lohner PorscheEver heard about? Electric vehicles were among the earliest automobiles in the early 1900’s. They held many vehicle land speed records and at one point in history out-sold gasoline-powered vehicles, but their limited range set them back later. Exhaust emissions or dependency on imported foreign crude oil? At that time, nobody was concerned about these issues. Thanks to developments in the battery-technology and the growing segment of demanding and environmentally aware customers and governments, vehicles propelled (more or less) by electricity are hitting the mainstream nowadays.

Do you remember the awkward, rough Diesel engine? The 'common rail' system turned it to a top seller at the end of the 90’s and about 50 percent of all new car sales in Europe are Diesel even today. A similar sweeping change has already begun concerning the green vehicles. 

        Series or parallel hybrid…erhaps battery-electric car?
        Lithium-Ion or Zinc-Air batteries… perhaps e fuel-cells?
        Synthetic or bio fuel… perhaps Hydrogen?
        Utility network based or local charging… perhaps battery replacement?

Whichever you choose, you are right. Experts all over the world agree that at least three, four or more main concepts are to run parallel to compete for the next decades.

Lexus LS 600hJapanese manufacturers like Toyota/Lexus or Honda were the first to realize the importance of this market segment, they have been producing hybrid cars since the millenary. By early 2009 more than 1.2 million Toyota Prius were sold worldwide. Mitsubishi is new at this league. Europe doesn’t want to drop behind either, so BMW and Mercedes are now offering hybrid models, Volkswagen and Porsche – of course – will join them. Audi E-TronAudi is planning to produce a battery-electric sports car while Renault wants to become the No. 1 electric car manufacturer. Ford, Chevrolet and GMC are the most important hybrid car manufacturers in the USA. The most Experts think that the Chinese industry will play a key role in this segment. At the time being BYD is the most famous Chinese manufacturer to offer hybrid cars also in Europe (from 2010) and in the USA (from ItalDesign Namir by Frazer-Nash2011). Even Ferrari and Lamborghini are rumoured to be developing hybrid technologies. Why? Because the electric drive train is not only very efficient and reliable, but it has huge torque as well, thus is fan to drive. In a word: it is better. Even if the best way to gain and store the energy still may be discussed a lot, the electric drive train itself seems to be a perfect choice not only for city cars but also for high performance vehicles such as sports cars, luxury cars or off-road vehicles. 

E-Wolf E1 powered by SIEMENSIn other words: the automotive industry is changing, the need for alternative drive train components is growing. But who will provide the carmakers with new parts, which companies will become the suppliers of the near future? Only those, who have realised this demand in dueRUF Greenster powered by SIEMENSe time and who can prove the necessary experience by references. No wonder why huge companies join small projects. Just like Siemens provides German sports cars eRuf Greenster and Stromster or E-Wolf E1 and E2 with electric motor. This is the reason why Frazer-Nash gives the technical background for the ItalDesign Namir and Brusa helped to convert the Gumpert Apollo in hybrid and build up the Protoscar Lampo.

Gumpert Apollo Hybrid  powered by BrusaThis is a growing market… Establish your reputation today in order to be the next supplier of Mercedes, Toyota or Ferrari.