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Top 5 Alternative Autos From the Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted By KG On September 16, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation | No Comments

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The Frankfurt International Motor Show [1] or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) is the world’s largest car show, and we were thrilled to discover a slew of incredibly clean machines this year. Without further ado, feast your eyes on our Top 5 Green Motors from the show



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5. Audi E-Tron

Audi’s R8-based [2] all-electric sports car boasts four electric motors — two on each axle — and a lithium-ion battery [3] pack mounted behind the two-seat cabin for gravity and load distribution. The liquid-cooled pack weighs around 1,000 lbs (470 kg) and offers 42.4 kWh of usable capacity; the vehicle overall weighs just over 3,500 lbs (1,600 kg) with an estimated combined-cycle driving range of 154 miles (248 km). Some auto enthusiasts scream about the E-Tron’s massive torque [4] for “insane” acceleration, while others hope Audi actually produces the car.

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4. BMW Vision

Autoblog calls this aerodynamic 2+2 seater a glass-topped Hot Wheels [5], and BMW touts the Vision’s EfficientDynamics [6]: 1 turbo diesel engine + 2 electric motors (one on each axle) = 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid with lots of power and fuel efficiency and fewer emissions. Top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) with acceleration to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and average fuel consumption of 62.6 mpg (3.76 liters/100 km) in the European Union’s test cycle [7]. The lithium-polymer battery [8] delivers 8.6 kWh and adds 31 electric-only miles to the combustion engine’s 400, for a total of 431 miles (693.6 km).

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3. Renault Fluence ZEC

Apparently just one of Renault’s four EV designs [9] at this year’s show, the Fluence [10] displays the company’s zero-emissions concept (ZEC) as well as its catchy eco marketing [11]. Little info and leaked images have left world car fans guessing [12]. A panoramic sunroof may promise solar power, a successful Franco-Japanese alliance [13] could mean driving technology shared with Nissan’s Leaf EV [14], and one picture’s battery station [15] might suggest more collaboration with Better Place [16], also making its debut at this year’s IAA.

Frankfurt Motor Volkswagen concept hybrid electric up vehicle

2. Volkswagen E-up!

The VW up! series [17] has led to the E-up! [18] city slicker sporting a 500-lb (227 kg) 18 kWh lithium-ion battery [3] pack, zero emissions, 3+1 seating and touchscreen controls. Solar panels on the roof as well as the sun visors help power the car’s electric motor that can reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 11 seconds and 0-30 (50) in 3.5, with a top speed of just under 85 mph (135 km/h) and a range of about 80 miles (130 km). The solar cells also help cool this “21st-Century Beetle [19]” while parked.

Frankfurt Motor Volkswagen L1 concept diesel hybrid electric

1. Volkswagen L1

The VW L1 [20] turbodiesel hybrid claims 170 mpg or a 100 km on a little more than one liter (hence the name). The Telegraph [21] (UK) reports rear-view TV cameras instead of mirrors, and a small 800cc engine that gets up to 99 mph (160 km/h) and 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 14.3 seconds. Lightweight materials totaling 840 lbs (380 kg) with a streamlined body and aircraft canopy that seats two in tandem may offer the most aerodynamic and “most fuel-efficient automobile in the world [22].”

+ International Motor Show (IAA) [23]

Via Autoblog [24]


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[1] Frankfurt International Motor Show: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Motor_Show

[2] R8-based: http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en/models/r8.html

[3] lithium-ion battery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery

[4] massive torque: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/15/officially-official-frankfurt-2009-audi-e-tron-4-motors-1-b/

[5] glass-topped Hot Wheels: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/15/frankfurt-2009-bmw-vision-efficientdynamics-concept-is-mean-ger/

[6] EfficientDynamics: http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/technology/efficient_dynamics/overview.html

[7] test cycle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_test_cycle

[8] lithium-polymer battery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_polymer_battery

[9] four EV designs: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/10/frankfurt-preview-renaults-four-electric-concepts-from-the-top/

[10] Fluence: http://www.renault.com/en/vehicules/pages/Renault_Fluence.aspx

[11] eco marketing: http://www.renault.com/en/capeco2/Pages/cap-eco2.aspx

[12] world car fans guessing: http://www.worldcarfans.com/109091421729/renault-fluence-zero-emission-concept-first-look

[13] Franco-Japanese alliance: http://www.renault.com/en/groupe/l-alliance-renault-nissan/pages/l-alliance-renault-nissan.aspx

[14] Nissan’s Leaf EV: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/01/nissans-fully-electric-leaf-vehicle-unveiled/

[15] one picture’s battery station: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/renault-fluence-zero-emissions-concept/#12

[16] Better Place: http://www.betterplace.com/

[17] VW up! series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_up!

[18] E-up!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_up!#E-Up.21

[19] 21st-Century Beetle: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/14/frankfurt-2009-volkswagen-calls-e-up-concept-beetle-of-the-21/

[20] VW L1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_L1

[21] Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/6192992/VW-unveils-180-mile-per-gallon-two-seater-L1-hybrid-at-Frankfurt-Motor-Show.html

[22] most fuel-efficient automobile in the world: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/14/frankfurt-2009-volkswagen-l1-concept-the-most-fuel-efficient/

[23] + International Motor Show (IAA): http://www.iaa.de/

[24] Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com

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