I like the electric taxi, although I do wonder how an all-electric taxi will do, given the range and recharge limitations. The Prius is one of the all-time great taxis, largely because it lasts 300,000 miles and gets more than 40 mpg, so the hybrid technology more than pays for itself.
Nice job, Lauren, of giving us a broad sampling of what was on display. Going fast is the most fun, but I am also fascinated by the use of materials and other cool gadgets that are increasingly being put into the cars that us "normal" folks might actually be able to afford.
Auto Shows are notorious for displaying the latest and greatest, Gorski. Those ratios are not remotely representative of today's vehicle sales (pure EV sales are expected to be a very small fraction of overall), but they are representative of future thinking.
Those ratios are not remotely representative of today's vehicle sales (pure EV sales are expected to be a very small fraction of overall), but they are representative of future thinking.
@Charles, In the slide-show, I dont see any car model which runs on solar power ? Does it mean that there is not much innovation happenign in solar-powered cars ? Do you expect solar-powered cars will become commercially viable in future?
While half million dollar cars are interesting, they are not mainstream. Hybrids are the most appealing for now, but we should not lose sight of the long term goal. Hybrids have 2 systems, so are not optimal as far as weight or complexity.
All electric should remain the ultimate goal, and that means things like standardized battery units that are easily exhanged, lighter and smaller 2 seat commuter body shells, more use of plastics like carbon graphite composites, detachable generator trailers for range extension, chemical catalyst heaters that don't draw battery power, no wasteful battery draw like remote entry, minimalism, etc.
We could easily have had practical all electric decades ago, and some customers have always wanted it, more will as gasoline is bound to rise in price.
And hybrids should all be diesel. There is no way gasoline engines can even get close to approaching the efficiency of diesel for generating electricity.
So again this is not very encouraging to see we have not made very much progress.
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@Lauren, thanks for the slide show. I am sure it was not an easy job to select 25 top cars from 1000 car list. I really liked the design of "The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am". Since its a limited version, I wish I had bought one of those cars.
There was a recent TV commercial I saw for the Fiat 500 (slide 6 of 25) where they showed it driving off a cliff into the ocean for its long journey to North America ,,, it then drives up the beach to a dealership near you. A fun metaphor for Trans-Atlantic imports --- but they also made the statement that it had "Sexy" Italian styling. Maybe that's why they drove it into the Atlantic, because it sexy to a Manatee? I seriously am missing the attraction to this car -- See the manatee likeness-?
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