DETROIT – Robert Purcell, former leader of General Motors Co.’s EV-1 project, believes that China may lead in the fourth era of the automobile. “The history of the automobile can be divided into four eras,” Purcell told CBU/CAR at the 2nd Business of Plugging-In conference held at the Renaissance Center in Detroit recently.. The former GM executive, who is now chairman and CEO of Protean Electric, a company that develops in-wheel electric drive systems, said that “the first era was in ...

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