Green blogs are all a flutter with news from the Detroit Auto show. EcoGeeks last 13 posts are car related, but I can see why. There are so many new ideas in terms of electric and hybrid vehicles, (try as I might) I couldn’t avoid writing about some of them.
The 2010 Honda Insight is the most exciting to me because it seems to be the most accessible. Cheaper than the Prius, the Insight will cost somewhere between $18,500 and $20,000. When considering the gas mileage (about the same as the Prius) and the price Honda hopes to sell about 200,000 in the first year.
Sexiest car goes to the Fisker Karma. A zero to sixty in six seconds plug-in with rooftop solar panels! Gimme Gimme! The 80K price tag really puts a damper on things though.
The extended range electric Cadillac Converj is quite snazzy looking as well. It runs on a stack of lithium ion batteries for about 40 miles, then after that the batteries are charged by a small gasoline generator. Hank Green at EcoGeek points out that since the average American drives less than 40 miles per day, you could theoretically drive it everyday without ever using gasoline.
Next is the “What the…!?” car, because that is exactly what people will think if they see it on the road. I found it at Low Impact Living. The all electric Aptera 2e weighs about 1,500 lbs. and goes for about 100-120 miles. Its apparently just as safe as the average vehicle and is expected to be out by 2010. Prices are estimated from 20K to 40K depending on the options.
Published by: Ashley Gee (intern)