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.
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.
The diesel-electric crossover uses a hybrid powertrain called “HYmotion4.” Peugeot claims that the car emits just 109g/km in mixed driving.
Nissan NuVu Concept
The bubble-shaped NuVu concept is an electric city car still several years away from production, if ever.
Smart ForTwo EV
Smart announced plans to build all-electric vehicles for Europe by the end of the decade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Motors says the Volt plug-in hybrid is on schedule for release in November 2010.
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.