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Top Eight Innovative Green Cars Debuting at Next Week’s 2012 Paris Motor Show
BMW Concept Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid
BMW is bringing the Concept Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid to Paris to show off the automaker’s new eDrive hybrid system and its new compact MPV. The Concept Active Tourer previews a new MPV that is aimed at buyers that want a car with a small footprint, but with a raised seating position. The BMW Concept Active Tourer is powered by a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine that sends its power to the front wheels and an electric motor powers the rear wheels. The plug-in hybrid system has a total of 190 horsepower and the electric motor and lithium-ion battery can power the concept up to 18 miles in full electric mode.
Nissan Terra Fuel Cell SUV Concept
Nissan currently does not offer an SUV in its lineup that is powered by an electric motor or hybrid system, but Nissan is using the new Terra SUV concept as proof that it is ready to make a “green” SUV. The Nissan Terra concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell stack and the same electric motor as the Nissan LEAF. Nissan states that the Terra Concept was designed for today’s buyers that want an eco-friendly vehicle, but that is at home both in an urban setting and in the wild.
Mercedes-Benz Concept B-Class Electric Drive
Mercedes-Benz is going to unveil an electric version of the small B-Class MPV, the Concept B-Class Electric Drive. The Concept B-Class Electric Drive looks almost identical to the standard B-Class models, with the exception of the “Electric Drive” logos. It is powered by a 100 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The Concept B-Class Electric Drive has an estimated driving range of 124 miles. Mercedes-Benz will release the B-Class Electric Drive in 2014.
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