In a Reuters article out today, writer Kevin Krolicki says that a senior GM executive (Lutz) sees the General in a "showdown" with Toyota to build and sell a mass-market, rechargeable electric vehicle. The main factor that will determine the winner will be - surprise - who can best safely harness the power of lithium ion batteries (or other advanced technology batteries) for automotive use. While I'm not discounting the fight these two giants will engage in, let's not forget little Mitsubishi, which might be two years away from selling an EV. The i MiEV might not win over everyone, but it will give Mitsubishi bragging rights to say "first!", kind of like people who leave the initial comment in web forums.
[Source: Reuters / Kevin Krolicki]