Gallery: Top 5 Eco Vehicles From the Detroit Auto Show


The Detroit Auto Show kicked off this week with a slew of fantastic electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from the purely conceptual to the near production-ready. Electric vehicles were so prominently featured that they prompted the convention to open Electric Avenue, a 37,000-square-foot showcase where visitors could see and test-drive evs! Without further ado, check out this year’s Top 5 from the Detroit Auto Show.

5. 2011 Honda CR-Z

Honda’s CR-Z has looks reminiscent of the early-to-mid-90s CRX, but sports a full hybrid drivetrain. Slated to be released later this year, this small hatchback has only a modest 36 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway (numbers that can definitely be improved), but it is undoubtably a step in the right direction.

4. Fiat 500 BEV

The Fiat 500, that famed little Italian car, has finally made it state-side in full-electric form, thanks to Chrysler’s EV technology. This car has no official release date but there is strong support for it here in the states and signs that Chrysler and Fiat are moving towards a greener future. Rumor also has it that this car is going to be fast. A speedy, small, cheap EV? What more could we ask for.

3. Volkswagen’s New Compact Coupe Concept

Although the name might be a bit boring, this streamlined VW is the first to sport a full hybrid drivetrain. Under the hood sits a 1.4 Liter Inline 4 Cylinder Engine partnered with a 20 kWatt motor. Currently being considered for production, this car gets an estimated 45 mpg and will also feature an all-electric mode, although no specific range has been defined.

2. 2011 Ford Focus

Ford has designed what they call a World Car; which means the new Ford Focus will sell in the U.S., European and Japanese markets and will be based off exactly the same platform. Ford also confirmed that this car will be all-electric by 2011 and will support a 80-100 mile range, which means Ford will be the first company to produce an all-electric car for the entire world market.

1. Toyota FT-CH

Toyota, the current leader in hybrid technology, has released this beautiful FT-CH concept, which is a full hybrid and is being tauted as a cheaper, younger, and smaller version of the Prius. We can only hope this car is released in the near future, as Toyota’s existing hybrid technology paired with a smaller, lighter vehicle heralds significant gains in MPG.

+ North American International Auto Show

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  1. bunchaviolets March 6, 2010 at 2:41 am
  2. Sarah D January 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

    none of these are eco friendly. All of them use huge batteries which give off more emissions and polution in their making and disposal than an ordinary diesel car would give off in it’s life time

  3. John McNulty January 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I just do not totaly understand. I owned a 1984 CRX HF with a 1.3 engine coupled to a 3 barrel carberator. It was a fun car to drive and it got 45mpg around town and 60, YES, 60mpg on the highway. This was nto estimated but actual milage I was getting. Now a friend of mine that works with fuel systems says that the new emmissions standards are the cause of this. It would be really great if someone would check into this and get an article into the car magazines explaining why this is happening. I really wish I had kept that CRX because there are very few left that have not been moded out with the larger V-Tek engines.

  4. alexjameslowe January 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hopefully American consumers (albeit, only the rich ones at first) will actually break the ice and buy these cars. It seems likely to happen, seeing as how oil is above 80 dollars a barrel even at the trough of a disastrous recession. More green vehicles will also give the government a shot in the arm to roll out badly needed improvements to the power grid.

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