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TOP 5 SEXIEST SUSTAINABLE SPORTS CARS

by , 08/21/07

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAYS, green cars, fuel efficient, hybrid cars, hybird engines, engines, motors, diesel, sports cars, Tesla, Roadster

It is often said that for green cars to be taken seriously, serious car buffs must realize that they can compete with the big boys. You see, most people think that you just can’t get proper mileage out of electric cars, that they are ugly, and most importantly, that they just can’t go fast. Well, to prove them wrong, and to start out our brand new Transportation Tuesdays series, we’d like to bring to you the top 5 greenest, fastest, and sexiest beauties on wheels that we’ve ever seen. Counting down from 5 to 1, here they are…


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5. Saab Aero-X
It’s encouraging to see car manufacturers look for alternative fuel sources to power their vehicles. This particular concept by Saab comes equipped with an ethanol guzzling 2.8L twin-turbocharged V6 that can get you from 0 to 100kph/60mph in 4.2 seconds. Even cooler, the car has no doors, rather, the entire top canopy section of the car opens up, making it one of the most unique designs out there. Sadly, the car is still on concept stage. But one can still dream.

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4. Venturi Fetish
Looking like something out of a spy movie, the Venturi Fetish is the world’s only in production electric sports car. While its top speed is only 100mph, it’ll give you plenty of power in the initial acceleration as it does a good 0-100kph/60mph in about 5 seconds. sadly, only 25 cars are being produced a year. But this list wouldn’t be complete without it.

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3. Citroen C-Metisse Concept
Unveiled at the Paris show last year, the Citroen C-Metisse Concept is another attempt to create a diesel hybrid car. What’s so exciting about that? well this particular vehicle can operate in a Zero Emission mode, an all electric mode perfect for city cruising, while giving you access to the power of the diesel engine when needed in the motorway. While not as fast as the Saab, the fact that it has a mixed mode engine puts it just a bit higher in our list.

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2. Toyota FT-HS
Now when talking about power, you can’t help but wish that you had access to a FT-HS. So far, most of these have been concept cars. Not this one though, as this vehicle is scheduled to go into production in 2009. Soon we can all be salivating at the beauty of its advanced hybrid – gasoline system, capable of moving you from 0 to 100kph/60mph in an astonishing four seconds flat. Now that’s what we call power!

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1. The Tesla Roadster

No list would be complete, without what is probably the greenest sports car in the planet. The Tesla Roadster, is the cream of the top. The fully electrically powered sports car can do 0-100kph/60mph in a little over 4 seconds. To give you an idea of how cool this car is, if we were to calculate the fuel efficiency of this vehicle it would be the equivalent of 135 miles PER GALLON! Not bad for a fully electrically powered vehicle. Take that Ferrari!

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  1. dragon_200769 December 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    hi.tank you

  2. wahh May 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    hhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  3. rajshekar May 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

    luking gud

  4. abood February 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    i liked

  5. mizzamii May 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    hey i li ke the cars i like the saab AERO-X AND THE Venturi fetish

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  8. mike March 1, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    awesome cars good job keep making them

  9. cc February 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    What about the Fisker Karma?

    http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/

    From someone who actually designs cars.

  10. mahesh January 24, 2008 at 11:55 am

    excellent

  11. Richie January 1, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Agree with Remy,

    The Tesla roadster is the one being sold. I think they may have sold more than 300 though. I think it’s actually more than 400 now. A smart move to design a flash sports car first… and one that out performs Ferrari’s at that !
    Yes… people will pay $90K for an electric sportscar that out performs Ferraris.

    Establish the beach head that way… then come out with the ‘everyday’ car afterwards. Smart moves.

    Richie

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  14. RemyC September 6, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    The only two really commercially viable models on this list are the Venturi Fetish and the Tesla Motors roadster. Both lease their drive train technology from AC Propulsion, who designed the t-Zero, the original prototype both these cars are modeled after.

    The Fetish, despite its headstart unveiling a prototype in LA, failed to secure beach front in Hollywood to capitalize on the growing EV craze… something which wasn’t lost on the folks at Tesla, who saw an opportunity and went for green gold. The Tesla also secured better components, to deliver better performance for less money that Venturi could offer. Venturi didn’t understand the importance of captivating the general public’s imagination with the vehicle… aiming too deep inside the affluent target base… not able to brand the Fetish “sexy”… refusing photo shoots with fashion and men’s magazines, which is the kiss of death in a luxury automobile market that prides itself on such associations.

    The Fetish is a great name… but rather than embrace it’s double entendre, reach out to fetish magazines like Skin Two, Marquis and Secret… they let the opportunity slip away… While Tesla, well briefed on Tesla’s cult of personality and urban legends of energy technology suppression, adequately milked the Nikola Tesla community for blind admiration and free viral marketing support, cheering the underdog… elevating the Tesla roadster to hero status!

    Tesla has sold over 300 vehicles, mostly in the Los Angeles and Bay area… to Internet billionaires and entertainment professionals who saw in the Tesla an investment for the future, a rEVolution, much like first adopters bought the Prius. The company is installing rapid chargers at key locations… Vegas, Reno, Tahoe… making road trips to these resorts comfortable. All these other models are over produced concept vehicles with no foundation in reality. It’s pretty much an accepted fait accompli in the automobile industry that batteries enabling 300 miles and more per charge are just around the corner, and that the need for internal combustion is quickly coming to an end. Sadly mainstream automobile companies are still desperately clinging to the notion that liquid fuels are going to last forever.

    Hybrids were training wheels for the masses… they introduced electric drive train technology into the economy. Now we’re simply going to throw the piston engine into the scrap heap of history, because it’s twice the index of complexity, and it’s no longer required for civilian transport. That’s the thing GM, Ford, Chrysler need to accept… German and Asian companies also, until they do, they will drag the ball and chain of global warming efforts, perpetuating a mistake that may doom us all.

    RemyC
    Electrifying Times magazine

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  16. Hun Boon September 3, 2007 at 5:14 am

    Seriously, what’s the point of listing down concept cars?

  17. franco September 2, 2007 at 11:08 am

    i realy dont like the tesla roadster. i dont like because it does not sound like a sports car. To me it sounds like a old rusty Ford. i will just say that this car is never going to be better than a Ferrari!!!!! plus im italian i know more about cars then you do.

  18. Robert August 29, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I really like the FT-HS its from a major car company with a track record for real driving reliability unlike all the others on the list, it uses technology proven to work in the Prius and many other hybrids, its really going to be produced, and at a price point that is within most sports car drivers budgets.

    Now if only it was going to be a Plug-In Hybrid like the Chevy Volt (which I think looks ugly and will probably never be produced as its from GM, and they will lose intrest in Green Cars as soon as SUV sales pick up)

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  23. Robinev August 26, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    re Troy: “We really need to put back the electric street cars (trolly to you non-New Orleanians) and the electric buses from the 40’s (look them up, they existed, they worked).”

    Electric buses are still working in some cities. On the west coast, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC still run rubber-wheel electic trolly buses on parts of their urban route systems. Since electricity for Seattle and Vancouver is produced almost entirely from hydro, there is no carbon involved in running them.

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  25. Tony Belding August 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the Tango, from Commuter Cars. Even though it’s designed as a commuter vehicle, the acceleration and road-holding abilities should put it into a similar category as the Tesla and other electric sports cars.

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  27. dtwood August 24, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Can’t wait to see this list for green motorcycles – the Enertia (www.enertiabike.com) is sure to rate

  28. Tony Belding August 24, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    The reason the Tesla Roadster is described as not yet being in production is because. . . It’s not yet in production! About 20 have been made so far, but they are all prototypes. Series production of cars for delivery to customers is planned to start sometime in September, with the first cars delivered before the end of 2007 if all goes well. It’s really close but it’s not done just yet.

    Also. . From my own information sources, Venturi are not making 25 Fetishes per year. They are making 25 cars in total, ever. They have demonstrated the vehicle, but I have no information about how many (if any) have been delivered to customers thus far.

    There are many other electric sports cars in the works. Wrightspeed demonstrated their X1, which is an electric Ariel Atom, although it’s not clear whether it will ever go into production. Brammo recently announced they will make an electric sports car called the Enertia GT. Hybrid Technologies have demonstrated an electric version of the Mullen GT. In Britain we find the Lightning GT. In Canada is the three-wheeled Silence PT1, which is an electric spin-off from the Campagna T-Rex. VentureVehicles are working on their three-wheeled VentureOne in both BEV and PHEV versions, it’s derived from the Dutch-made Carver.

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  30. Richie August 22, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Wow ! Look at all these posts ! The TESLA folks are SMART ! They realized early on that to get their $90,000 per vehicle price that they’d have to create a mean sports car first. Then, after successfully coming to market with that vehicle… they could rollout a family car for half that price. This is exactly what they are up to. I understand that the first years production run of Tesla Roadsters is sold out. That’s a 200 car production run. Not bad ! GO TESLA !

  31. biscuit August 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I think green sports cars are a necessary step towards showing the average American that green can be sexy. Sure, I wholeheatredly agree that public transportation (and walkable/bikeable communities) is the greenest option, but tell that to your average midwesterner, who lives in a sprawling community without a lick of viable transit. Baby steps people….

    It’s like Hybrid SUVs. Sure, SUVs are huge gas-hogs, but if people are going to drive them (and by the looks of the roads and parking lots out there these days, they will, no matter what gas prices are), at least they can start by driving a Hybrid. Maybe some day they will take the next step and get out of their SUVs…

  32. Bryce August 22, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Throughout most of the US, public transportation is a hard thing to do right. The things that work so well in dense, urban areas tend not to work in the more spread out cities of the Midwest, South, and Southwest. Public transportation is only a viable choice for a number of people when it is both speedy and convenient. In New York, it’s faster to take the bus or the subway than it is to drive anywhere, particularly with trying to find parking. In the Kansas City area, bus routes don’t go everywhere, and many run at limited times. The pickup intervals also are not terribly convenient. Out here, you have to drive. Any step in making the kind of cars people want to buy cleaner and more efficient is a step in the right direction.

  33. Troy August 22, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I am a big car fan, I’ve even owned a few muscle cars from the sixties (still have 73 Merc Cougar Convt). I lust for the new Aston Martin Vantage, but in my heart I know better. Efficient public transportation is far better for every day use! We really need to put back the electric street cars (trolly to you non-New Orleanians) and the electric buses from the 40′s (look them up, they existed, they worked). However, there is nothing wrong with having a weekend transportation system that you can drive out of town or enjoy the backroad drive with. So, the electric sports car fits the bill perfectly for this. Make trucks and SUV’s rentable, give us quick and reliable pubic systems and then let us slurge all that saved cash on the green sports car we’ve always wanted. Oh, a drop top please.

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  35. matt August 22, 2007 at 2:26 am

    why is the venturi labeled as being the world’s only in-production electric sports car? apparently the author of that statement didn’t know about the number 1 on the list.? btw…just ’cause a car doesn’t use gas does NOT mean it’s ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’. how much waste was made for these concepts? what are they made of? how much effort was put into the marketing and transport of these concepts? one could argue that an indy car is sustainable too since it runs off a 98% ethanol mix and there are thousands of them made. until concepts like this are easily available they are hardly sustainable and the very production of them counters the proposed environmental benefits.

  36. loyd August 21, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    I agree w/ Andre. Ethanol is a product of the agriculture big wigs, part of the Farm Bill conspiracy. Now, don’t jump on me, I don’t believe it is a conspiracy, only a Bill that passes Congress every 5-10 years, to the detriment of our country. Due to excess corn, and a public add campaign that anything not fossil fuel is green and sustainable, American car companies have taken the bait and are trying to bait us.

    I appreciate this post overall, but seriously, these cars are unaffordable and don’t address the issue–lack of quality public transportation in the US, and lack of compact communities to make public transportation feasible.

  37. Stefaan Vandist August 21, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    I pretty understand the doubts of people:

    Just “polluting less”, doesn’t mean you are eco-friendly or sustainable.
    And yes, IN Belgium as well as other countries we see Car Manufacturers advertising with the words “Green Car”/ Eco-friendly car etc…, while they are no green cars at all! In the best care, they are a little bit less polluting.

    On the other hand: how long is this eco- and sustainable awareness part of the mainstream?
    Less then two or three years? Look at what a large amount of intelligent design concepts are coming our way.
    Look what William Mc Donough & Co is doing.
    It is all very recent. And it all co-builds awareness. It all co-builds the importance in of sustainablility in society.

    It is all on its way to our markets. The only thing we should do is sell it, sell it and sell it…
    THat’s why we should connect to existing values which are in the market since ages.
    For cars, that means: power, design, attitude.

    For marketing that doesn’t mean:

    - Look, this is an electric car…
    - It means: look, this is the coolest car in the world, and by the way… it is a future-oriented concept…

    C’mon guys. A lot of stuff is spoiled for us as generation. But there is one great advantage:
    We have something in common to fight for, to build, to change. THere is one thing we all can agree on.
    That is a hopefull thought for me.

    Cheers
    Stefaan

    http://cause-encounters.blogspot.com/

  38. Robert Buss August 21, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    The photo of the very attractive Fétish is the prototype using conventional technology. The electric production version looks different. Venturi also produces the very interesting “autonomous” Eclectic, but that is for a different list…

  39. Brendan August 21, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t roll my eyes at small steps as a rule. For anything to change on a large scale, there need to be a lot of small scale changes first. But “sutainable” sports cars and SUVs aren’t small, sustainable changes. They’re band-aids, like carbon credits. And while it’s necessary to provide quick-fix options during the transition to a more sustainable human lifestyle, too many band-aids — especially on something as devastating as the private auto — can be deceiving and, I think, do more harm than good.

  40. simon August 21, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    yeah using green and sustainable for any kind of car is pretty bad, even if the car is electric, it still doesn’t contribute to the welfare of the planet, it just reduces its impact.

  41. Ben N August 21, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    It should be noted that Tesla is going to becoming out with a 2010 model sedan. They’re currently building the plant in Albuquerque, Governor/Presidental Candidate Richardson is planning to order a few for the state government.

    http://www.teslamotors.com/media/press_room.php?id=257

    I’m sure this will be discussed in a later installment of this series. For now, go electric sports cars! Innovation usually has to be flashy if people are going to pay attention. Great torque, too. And it’s no challenge to create these cars with a 50-50 weight distribution.

  42. Andre August 21, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Isn’t it an error to list ethanol as a “green” fuel. It’s not a fossil fuel, but it has worse emissions (less green house gas but more lung damaging smog) and it uses more fossil fuel in it’s production that it gives back. The only reason that ethanol is getting all this press is because of industrial agriculture in the US looking for a market for it’s excess corn. The green solution would be to plant less corn and plant ANYTHING else there, food, forest, grass, anything would be greener than the corn grown for ethanol.

  43. Ali August 21, 2007 at 11:44 am

    It’d be nice to see some of them in actual production…

  44. Bob Ellenberg August 21, 2007 at 11:38 am

    You had this statement next to #4, ‘the Venturi Fetish is the world’s only in production electric sports car”, yet I believe your #1 choice is already in production.

  45. Ramsey August 21, 2007 at 11:35 am

    For a car to be sustainable it has to be purchased. Until there is some market penetration these machines will be produced in low volume high cost quantities. These sports cars add a little pizazz and awaken public awareness. In a perfect world it would be bike summer, bus/train winter, but in the real world people want power, comfort, and something they can show off.

    If you roll your eyes when someone takes a small step, no one will ever move away from IC engines. Hybrid tech is in its infancy, but the regenerative braking technology (sort of) is already improving mileage in the new BMW fleet.

    At least we did not force electric cars when NiCad batteries were the norm, that would have been a disaster. Li-Ion is a much greener tech.

  46. Brendan August 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

    All the talk about “sustainable” vehicles (SUVs, sports cars) in the media lately has made my eyes sore from rolling so much.

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