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.
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.
All photos by Mike Chino and Jill Fehrenbacher