Gazelle going where no car-maker has gone before

The Gazelle prototype at the Bordeaux factory

A French start-up has a fresh idea – to design a lightweight and thus fuel-efficient car which can easily be converted into an electric version and then to sell complete factories to make the cars to countries with no motor factories.

The Gazelle, just 800kg with a one-litre, 85hp, three-cylinder petrol engine, should use less than three litres of fuel per 100km - with the performance of a “normal” 170hp engine.

Early indications predict fuel savings of 30%-40% compared to similar-sized cars.

Around €1million has been invested in the car, which is designed so its petrol motor can be taken out and substituted with an electric one and a battery, adding ...

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