The Venturi Fetish concept car was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and went on to be one of the stars of the Paris Motor Show and Detroit Motor Show - an electric sportcar concept of French design. Buoyed by public enthusiasm and the brand's 20th anniversary, Venturi took the Fetish one step further in , putting the car into production and first selling the car in the Japanese market in November. Having integrated the standards for Europe, Japan and the USA from conception, the Fetish went on sale in the United States in January - the company having identified Tokyo and Los Angeles as the markets most sensitive to environmental issues. Paris, London and Monte-Carlo have been selected as the main target markets in Europe where the car can be ordered now. The engine spins to 14,rpm and has adjustable engine braking.
Send this article Many automobile enthusiasts believe that the electric car is the wave of the future that will help save the environment while expanding the availability of private transport to the world's growing middle class. They are likely wrong on both counts. Not too long ago a dinner guest at a party I attended told me that my concern about the peaking of global oil production was misplaced. Didn't I know that the electric car was already on its way? That a lot of smart people were involved in making it a reality before too long? That the main problem of charging on long trips had already been solved with battery switching stations that could now be deployed? I registered my skepticism that the electric car would ever become a widespread phenomenon.