For anyone hoping that the crusade against global warming, the pursuit of universal reductions in carbon emissions, and faltering human ingenuity would finally send automobiles to the junkyards of fossil-fuel history, recent successes with electric cars in Germany may have dealt a fatal blow to their efforts. A startup German company has produced a four-door sedan (which full trunk space) capable of driving nearly 400 miles on one charge. Moreover, the batteries are fully recharged in just six minutes.
"An electric car developed by a German company Tuesday set what organizers said is a world record when it drove 375 miles without recharging its battery.
"Mirko Hannemann, 27, drove the yellow and purple all-electric Audi A2 in seven hours from Munich to Berlin, where he arrived Tuesday morning.
"German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle, who jumped inside for a quick drive in the courtyard of his ministry, called Hannemann's trip a technological quantum leap.
"No other electric car has gone to such a distance," he said.
"Japanese scientists drove a 1-person electric car more than 600 miles around a track, but that was at 25 miles per hour and with a vehicle that was basically all battery.