Mike Chino

Top 7 Sexiest Green Cars From the 2011 Detroit Auto Show!

by , 01/15/11

sustainable design, green design, detroit auto show 2011, naias 2011, green transportation, alternative transportation

EN-V Electric Vehicles by GM

Not every car at the Detroit Auto Show was a steroidal super-EV; GM unveiled a set of EN-V pod cars that explore the future of efficient personal transportation. These ultra-mobile two-seater electric vehicles are about half the length of a smart car and they’re kitted out with cameras, high-tech sensors that detect pedestrians and cars, gps, and a sonar system that allows each car to drive itself! The drive system is similar to a Segway insofar as it utilizes gyroscopic sensors to balance the car’s weight as you tilt forwards or back.

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Ford C-MAX Energi

Glitz, glam, and futuristic EV’s aside, the Detroit Auto Show also offered up a heaping serving of practical green vehicles suited for everyday driving — and the C-Max Energi is a shining example. As a plug-in hybrid, the vehicle affords drivers a great deal of versatility: it has a battery that allows for emission-free driving over short distances in addition to a gas-powered hybrid engine that extends its range up to 500 miles. This versatility has earned plug-ins a lot of popularity with consumers looking to go green but anxious about the range limitations of fully-electric vehicles.

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5 Comments

  1. Eletruk January 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    None of these cars are Tesla beaters. The Tesla Roadster is a damn quick car, and quicker than any of these are claiming they will be. But they have the advantage of a name brand behind them. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they outsell the Teslas, even at their inflated price.

  2. dtbaker61 January 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    yes the racecars are sexy, but kinda like dreaming about a super-model when you could be happy with building your own TODAY. I built one by recycling a drab Suzuki Swift, and I think it is sexy in its own right because I actually get to use it rather than just dream about it. see how at www dot envirokarma dot org.

  3. piepie January 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I thought the Tesla vehicles were pretty foxy, too.

  4. Andrew Michler January 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    What a car show this year, things are looking up for us efficiency geeks. Now if they only had a hybrid pick up…

  5. Rebecca Paul rebecca paul January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    These cars are f*&$%#@ HOT!

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