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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Green Means Go in Frankfurt
The Frankfurt Motor Show, probably one of the biggest ones in the world, is occurring right now as we speak, and the word from the floor is that green, means go. In a huge reversal from the usual race to be the one with the highest horsepower, this years show attendees are focusing on trying to be the carmaker that shows off the greenest technologies for their products. Here at Inhabitat, as a bit of a public service, we thought we’d bring you a list of those vehicles that are turning heads, by cutting their fuel consumption.
1. Nissan Mixim
We brought you this one before the Frankfurt motor show was announced, thinking that it might make some car lovers realize that you can drive a nice green vehicle and still look good doing it. And sure enough, this all-electric vehicle is making quite a splash at this years motor show.
2. GM Flextreme
Probably one of the most talked about cars of the show so far has been Opel’s Flextreme. This concept vehicle is essentially a plug-in electric hybrid with a 1.3 Liter diesel engine a lithium-ion battery pack. What’s remarkable about it is the fact that Opel is a subsidiary of General Motors, who quite famously killed their version of the electric car. To see them embrace hybrids and electric vehicles can only mean one thing: The tide is turning. Expect to see this technology on GM’s vehicles within the next three years. Oh, and did we mention that it comes with two Segways?
3. Fiat Panda Aria
Not wanting to be left out of all the green chatter, FIAT revealed their Panda Aria concept car. the Panda Aria aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible by reducing its overall weight and by using a new engine designed to take in a mixture of methanol and petrol. This new engine was designed with a stop-start system as well, which means that the engine reduces its fuel consumption by shutting itself off while idling.
4. Volkswagen Up!
The cute as a button Volkswagen Up! is a four seat, rear engine urban car, and is the only car in this list that actually looks happy to be here. No, we mean it, look at that lovely smile in the front bumper reflected across the design of the vehicle. By shuffling the motor to the back of the car, this vehicle has achieved numerous design efficiencies that allow it to reduce its CO2 emissions significantly, even compared to other mini cars.
5. Hyundai i-Blue
Developed at the Hyundai Design and Technical Centre in Chiba, Japan, the i-Blue is the latest concept in Hyundai’s platform to use its proprietary fuel cell technology to produce a hydrogen powered, zero-emission crossover utility vehicle that looks as good as any we’ve seen.
6. Mercedes-Benz F700 DiesOtto
It is not often that one thinks of large sedans a fuel efficient vehicles. But that is precisely what Mercedes-Benz had in mind when developing the F700 DiesOtto. The DiesOtto engine, from where this vehicle gets its name, is capable of achieving just as much power as the typical sedan, and emits half of the emissions, or around the same amount as a typical compact car. If you ask me, this is what luxury vehicles should be aiming for.
7. Volvo Recharge
Volvo is trying to bring the idea of plug-in hybrids to the masses, and to do that, they have introduced the Recharge. Unlike most hybrids, the Recharge uses the battery power to drive up until a point where the power from battery is not sufficient to keep doing so. It is then when the fuel combustion engine kicks in. According to Volvo, this results in a CO2 reduction of 66% compared, not to standard vehicles, but rather compared to other hybrids!
8. Audi A4 2.0 e Concept
An extremely fuel efficient modified A4 sedan, it has the coolest technology that we’ve seen on the show so far. One of the features of the vehicles is its use of gel batteries to store kinetic energy into electric energy as it is coasting and accelerating, improving the charged battery life of the vehicle. A pretty cool idea if you ask us.
9. Toyota iQ
Not much is known about the IQ, and urban car vehicle developed by Toyota, except that it is apparently designed with CO2 emissions in mind. It is known that it has four electric motors, one on each wheel, giving us an idea that it´ll probable be an electric or hybrid vehicle. But it looks good, that, we can definitely see for ourselves.
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