Monday, March 22, 2010

A special report on Germany: The green machine

A second wind for German industry?

THE Roding Roadster, a sports car unveiled at last September’s Frankfurt motor show, has a powerful motor and lightweight construction that promise a thrilling ride. But at Munich’s Technical University (TUM), which the Roding’s designers attended, there is even more buzz about the Tesla, a battery-powered car from California. It shows that electro-mobility “could be fast and fun”, says Markus Lienkamp, who teaches car technology at TUM. Annoyingly, Tesla opened a dealership in Munich on BMW’s doorstep.

Germany invented the modern internal-combustion engine and intends to be a leader in any future automotive technology. It has helped to spread the idea that modern life can be transposed into planet-friendly technology.

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