- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Top 5 Alternative Autos From the Frankfurt Motor Show
Posted By KG On September 16, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation | No Comments
The Frankfurt International Motor Show  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
Audi’s R8-based  all-electric sports car boasts four electric motors — two on each axle — and a lithium-ion battery  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  for “insane” acceleration, while others hope Audi actually produces the car.
Autoblog calls this aerodynamic 2+2 seater a glass-topped Hot Wheels , and BMW touts the Vision’s EfficientDynamics : 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 . The lithium-polymer battery  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).
Apparently just one of Renault’s four EV designs  at this year’s show, the Fluence  displays the company’s zero-emissions concept (ZEC) as well as its catchy eco marketing . Little info and leaked images have left world car fans guessing . A panoramic sunroof may promise solar power, a successful Franco-Japanese alliance  could mean driving technology shared with Nissan’s Leaf EV , and one picture’s battery station  might suggest more collaboration with Better Place , also making its debut at this year’s IAA.
The VW up! series  has led to the E-up!  city slicker sporting a 500-lb (227 kg) 18 kWh lithium-ion battery  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 ” while parked.
The VW L1  turbodiesel hybrid claims 170 mpg or a 100 km on a little more than one liter (hence the name). The Telegraph  (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 .”
Via Autoblog 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/top-5-green-concept-cars-from-the-frankfurt-car-show/
URLs in this post:
 Frankfurt International Motor Show: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Motor_Show
 R8-based: http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en/models/r8.html
 lithium-ion battery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery
 massive torque: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/15/officially-official-frankfurt-2009-audi-e-tron-4-motors-1-b/
 glass-topped Hot Wheels: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/15/frankfurt-2009-bmw-vision-efficientdynamics-concept-is-mean-ger/
 EfficientDynamics: http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/technology/efficient_dynamics/overview.html
 test cycle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emission_test_cycle
 lithium-polymer battery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_polymer_battery
 four EV designs: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/10/frankfurt-preview-renaults-four-electric-concepts-from-the-top/
 Fluence: http://www.renault.com/en/vehicules/pages/Renault_Fluence.aspx
 eco marketing: http://www.renault.com/en/capeco2/Pages/cap-eco2.aspx
 world car fans guessing: http://www.worldcarfans.com/109091421729/renault-fluence-zero-emission-concept-first-look
 Franco-Japanese alliance: http://www.renault.com/en/groupe/l-alliance-renault-nissan/pages/l-alliance-renault-nissan.aspx
 Nissan’s Leaf EV: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/01/nissans-fully-electric-leaf-vehicle-unveiled/
 one picture’s battery station: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/renault-fluence-zero-emissions-concept/#12
 Better Place: http://www.betterplace.com/
 VW up! series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_up!
 E-up!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_up!#E-Up.21
 21st-Century Beetle: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/14/frankfurt-2009-volkswagen-calls-e-up-concept-beetle-of-the-21/
 VW L1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_L1
 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
 most fuel-efficient automobile in the world: http://green.autoblog.com/2009/09/14/frankfurt-2009-volkswagen-l1-concept-the-most-fuel-efficient/
 + International Motor Show (IAA): http://www.iaa.de/
 Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.