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

 
Q: What do you get when you blend an exotic electric sports car with a rough-and-ready all-terrain vehicle?
A: The Venturi America buggy.
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Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car

Porsche kicked off the Detroit Auto Show with a bang as they unveiled the pulse-pounding 918 RSR, a brand new powerhouse hybrid racer. The smoothly sculpted 767 horsepower behemoth builds upon Porsche’s award-winning 911 GT3 R Hybrid with a flywheel speed booster, two electric front-wheel drive motors, and an ultra lightweight carbon fiber monocoque shell.

Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Electric Car

Not to be outshone in the luxury auto market, Mercedes-Benz rolled out the SLS AMG E-Cell, a supercharged gull-wing ev with an electric paint job to match. This emission-free speed demon is propelled by four electric motors that produce a whopping 526 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the race-ready Porsche 918 RSR, you may actually see the E-Cell on city streets – it’s set to hit dealerships in 2013.

Ford Focus Electric Vehicle

Although it was introduced earlier last week at CES, Ford’s Focus Electric vehicle still turned heads left and right at the Detroit Auto Show. The company’s first production EV will have a higher mile-per-gallon equivalent than the Chevy Volt and can charge in half the time of the Nissan Leaf. Added bonus: the vehicle’s display panel rewards energy-efficient driving by bursting forth in blue butterflies.

Li-Ion Inizio Electric Car

Li-Ion’s svelte Inizio supercar boasts a sexy set of curves and a 145kW electric motor that leaves frumpier EVs in the dust. The red-hot ride rockets from 0-60 in just 3.4 seconds, and its 250 mile range means you can hit the road for hours without having to recharge. But the best part is that you may soon see this speed demon on the streets – Li-Ion just started taking pre-orders for the production vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show, so reserve yours today!

Venturi America Concept Car

What do you get when you blend an exotic electric sports car with a rough-and-ready all-terrain vehicle? The unlikely combination has spawned the Venturi America concept car, a beast of an EV that can charge over unforgiving terrain without breaking a sweat. The vehicle’s muscular chassis conceals a 300 horsepower electric engine that can carry the souped-up electric buggy for up to 190 miles.

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.

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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All photos by Mike Chino and Jill Fehrenbacher

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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 January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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

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