Daimler is also active in the battery electric arena. It has 1,500 Smart electric cars on the road now. Next month, it will roll out a new version of the Smart Fortwo. The newer version has more power and a longer range. Daimler plans to boost production to 10,000 Smart electrics. "We'll build a number of battery-powered cars in the five-digit range every year," Brock explained.
Infrastructure limitations may prevent manufacturers at first from rolling out fuel cell cars on the same wide scale as electric vehicles, but they will be on the streets in increasing numbers by 2015. They will tend to be larger and more high-end than the electrics, and they will have a bigger range, while battery electrics may be mainly city cars, Brock added.
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