Battery-Powered Cars On Tap at NAIAS

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Detroit News - January 20, 2013

Hybrids and elec­tric vehi­cles have rep­re­sented only a small por­tion of vehi­cles sold over the last few years, but bat­tery car mak­ers hope 2013 will be different.

See what’s hap­pen­ing on the floor at NAIAS this week.

Sleek and impos­si­bly low, the Acura NSX con­cept on dis­play at Cobo Cen­ter will bring back a once-legendary name­plate when it goes back into pro­duc­tion in early 2015.

Sev­eral bat­tery car com­pa­nies failed entirely, and lithium-ion bat­tery maker A123 went bust, while two other closely watched start-ups, Tesla Motors and Fisker Auto­mo­tive, are struggling.

Nonethe­less, the indus­try appears to remain not only com­mit­ted, but will­ing to press even harder to make a go of bat­tery power. Toyota’s Fay believes the increas­ing num­ber of prod­ucts on the Detroit show floor will help “increase aware­ness” and give demand a boost.

What­ever the rea­son, there are a lot more hybrids, plug-ins and BEVs on dis­play at Cobo this year, with even more to come.

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