Now that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged
some £90 million for the development of clean vehicles in the U.K., General Motors
is seeing plenty to like about the European market for its E-Flex vehicles. The automaker has already reversed its stance
on building the electric cars
in America and shipping them overseas, with the Ellesmere Port plant now being considered for Opel
EVs. Just how many electric cars could GM
sell in Europe? According to Bob Lutz
, plenty. In fact, GM believes it could move as many as 30,000 units in the first year of availability, with the worldwide figure of one million by 2020.
While those sales targets are pretty ambitious, so are the goals of Gordon Brown. If the Prime Minister has things his way, all new cars
sold in Britain by 2020 will be electric. Oh, and built in the U.K. (editor's note: FAT CHANCE!), which could become a small step closer to reality if GM decides to go with the Ellesmere Port factory.