Hybrid and Electric Cars Shine in Paris

This week’s Paris Auto Show is practically a parade of electric and hybrid cars. It’s a chance to see a glimpse of the future. Check out our showcase of the 10 coolest and greenest vehicles from the Paris show.

Renault Fluence

The French manufacturer has confirmed that they will launch the Renault Fluence, based on a concept first shown in 2004. The company says an electric version will arrive in 2011.

Renault Fluence

Peugeot Prologue

The diesel-electric crossover uses a hybrid powertrain called “HYmotion4.” Peugeot claims that the car emits just 109g/km in mixed driving.

Peugeot Prologue

Nissan NuVu Concept

The bubble-shaped NuVu concept is an electric city car still several years away from production, if ever.

Nissan NuVu Concept

Smart ForTwo EV

Smart announced plans to build all-electric vehicles for Europe by the end of the decade.

Smart ForTwo EV

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid

The 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 Mercedes S400 Hybrid, due in the US in 2009, will be the first production hybrid to use lithium batteries. It will compete with Lexus’s high-end hybrid sedans.

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid

BMW 7-Series Hybrid

BMW launched its new 7-series in Paris and unveiled a hybrid concept version which will cut fuel use by 15 percent. It combines a V8 engine with electric drive with a mild hybrid system. Expect the hybrid in 2009.

BMW 7-Series Hybrid

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV two-seater electric car, with lithium batteries and about 100-mile range, has been traveling the auto show circuit for a few years. A production model could hit the US sometime in 2010.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2010 Honda Insight

The reincarnated Honda Insight, prices at about $19,000, is designed to compete against the Toyota Prius. Arriving in showrooms in April 2009.

2010 Honda Insight

Chevrolet Volt

General Motors says the Volt plug-in hybrid is on schedule for release in November 2010.

Chevrolet Volt

Toyota Plug-in Prius

The company calls its plug-ready Prius a “research program,” but Toyota could produce the vehicle to steal the thunder from other plug-in hybrids.

Toyota Plug-in Prius


  • Bryce

    That last one is cute with the stickers….lol.

  • summer

    love the cars! simply love them soooo much…

    @bryce, the stickers itself were cute, lol! :P

  • jh

    Me – I like Mitsubishi i-MiEV looks different…seems like we have been driving the same style of car in the US since the 70′s with 2 exceptions the boxy k car and the back to the ’50′s cars – I want to see some daring new designs which maximize aerodynamics…

  • mdensch

    I wouldn’t get too excited about this stuff.

    •Renault and Peugeot haven’t sold cars here for decades;
    •The Nissan will probably never see production;
    •Smart’s plans for an all-electric are for Europe only (so far);
    •The Mercedes and BMW are priced out of reach of the typical car buyer;
    •The Mitsubishi is iffy at best and the Li-ion batteries would make it expensive;
    •The plug in Prius is promising but production will be limited;
    •Honda’s new Insight will be a welcome addition to the market place but isn’t exactly ground-breaking;
    •The Chevy Volt is truly interesting new technology but kind of old news by now.

    The Paris Auto Show (like Tokyo) has about as much to do with reality as a Disney movie.

  • Samie

    One thing Bryce and Summer we need a light shade of purple or a light pink paint job w/ the same decals now that would be cute.

    The Insight maybe boring to some but for those who don’t always have an extra 3-5k to shell out for a Prius its exciting. The Peugeot Prologue along with the Insight look nice. Hope other cross-over SUV hybrid types like the Peugeot Prologue get made even if it was a gaso-hybrid b/c lots of consumers like the styling of a Prologue.

    Sorry Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan NuVu Concept, SmartCar For Two EV it seems that those cars will never reach any real mass markets in the U.S. Just maybe those cars should come with those stickers to spice it up.

  • Boon

    Hopefully, the Honda Insight will bring enough competition to Prius and make hybrids more affordable.

  • Bryce

    hooray for colorful stickers!

  • Anonymous

    i wish i could have the mercedes or the bmw

  • Will S

    mdensch wrote:
    > I wouldn’t get too excited about this stuff.

    Then why are you here? There’s obviously progress being made on many fronts, and you seem to have an agenda to downplay such progress.

  • Lequisha Mesha

    I’m counting the days till plug-in are available

  • Van

    If the Volt hits limited showrooms mid November 2010, Lequisha Mesha, we have about 767 days and counting. Plug-ins with less EV range but greater availability might also hit the show rooms at the same time from Toyota.

  • Bryce

    lol……they won’t be hitting the showrooms in that time frame for Toyota. They might, and I emphasize might be putting a few out to companies and utilities to test out, but I almost guarantee they won’t be on market for you and me by then. Listen to what Toyota’s CEO says and you will see there own plug-in is far off. (and even then, it will have minimal range and not really even full electric mode on account of it being a parallel hybrid)

  • johnS

    Will the Volt come with stickers? :p

  • Bryce

    we can only hope….that it won’t.