Sunday, March 1, 2009

Latest eco choices. Is this it?

We all know about the Prius, the Camry hybrid and Accord hybrid. With auto sales in the crapper and car companies still burned by the anti-SUV sentiment last summer ,when gas was almost $4.00 at the pump, developers are scrambling to design the best functioning and most reliable eco-friendly car. Hybrids seem to be the most consumer friendly at this point, but clearly the goal is a gasoline independent vehicle. And with that, here are 2 more new...contenders:

The sperm mobile?
"An exclusive drive of an aerodynamically slick electric vehicle that looks to change the world, three wheels at a time. The Aptera 2e, a soon-to-be-produced electric vehicle whose shape is slipperier than a Teflon-coated salmon on glare ice, and whose composite construction offers both light weight and impressive structural integrity. Better yet, the 2e is scheduled to begin rolling off the Vista, California, assembly line this October for an as-yet-to-be-determined price between $25,000 and $40,000. Charge it overnight from your 110-volt home outlet, and it's claimed to have a range of 100 miles."

The American comeback?

"OK, let's just get it out there: The 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid is the best gasoline-electric hybrid yet. What makes it best is a top-drawer blend of an already very good midsize sedan with the industry's smoothest, best-integrated gas-electric power system. It's so well-done that you have to look to the $107,000 Lexus LS 600h hybrid to come close. The Toyota Prius crowd will protest. A car is, after all, a driving machine. Nothing about the leather-lined test car, optioned up from its $27,995 base price to $32,555, seemed economy minded except for the mileage readings. On that score, the Fusion topped the others, turning in a 34-mpg score card for the overall 300-mile test run."

The unattainable dream machine?

"A Tesla Roadster: the all-electric icon for the petroleum-free automotive movement; acceleration so strong it pins you to your seat as well as excellent passing power at speed. He reports the 0-60 mph sprint occurs in 3.9 seconds. The $109,000 Tesla Roadster is more about what it is than what it does. Much greater than simply a stylish, swift machine, he feels it's the first step to a world without oil."

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