Ford of Europe brings an element of hope and possible revival to the flagging fortunes of the electric car with the first use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in a road vehicle by a major player in the industry. The high energy density and power-to-weight ratio of these storage units puts a prototype electric version of the small Ka hatchback on a par with the gasoline-powered model in driving performance. Top speed is said to be 82 mph (132 km/h) with acceleration to 62 mph (100 km/h) in ...

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