Big Green Recap of 2009 Detroit Auto Show


Toyota FT-EV Electric Car Concept


The Toyota FT-EV electric car concept that debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show is based on the platform of the 57 MPG Toyota iQ microcar that recently went on sale in Europe and that is apparently already a hit in Japan.

Toyota said: “Last summer’s four-dollar-a-gallon gasoline was no anomaly. It was a brief glimpse of our future.We must address the inevitability of peak oil by developing vehicles powered by alternatives to liquid-oil fuel, as well as new concepts, like the iQ, that are lighter in weight and smaller in size. This kind of vehicle, electrified or not, is where our industry must focus its creativity.”

More on the FT-EV Electric Car (photos, etc)
First Look at Toyota FT-EV Electric Car Concept





Smart Electric Drive ForTwo


In the same vein as the electric version of the Toyota iQ shown above (as the FT-EV), smart had an electric drive version of its new fortwo model.

"Smart expects to have 100 of the battery cars in place in Berlin in the near future, and will continue growing the eMobility project to other urban areas over the coming months. According to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, the goal is to have 1000 of the EDs in operation around the world by the end of 2009."

All electric range should be of up to 150 miles, and in a separate press conference, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk announced that it would be Tesla that will supply the battery pack to Daimler for the Smart EV.

More Details on the Electric Drive Smart Car
Smart Shows Electric Drive Fortwo
Tesla Announces Deal with Daimler for Smart EV Batteries





Chevy "Beat" Microcar Concept Turns into "Spark"


The Beat concept microcar (which is actually not that small when you see it in person - see the pics here) has been selected to become a global car called the Spark in 2011 (but available in Europe in 2010). GM says it will get at least 40 MPG, and apparently it will appear (either in Beat or Spark form) in the big Hollywood sequel to Transformers.

"The Spark will make its world debut in full production form at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2009. Sales begin in Europe in the first quarter of 2010, followed by other markets around the globe."

More on the Chevrolet Spark
Chevy "Beat" Microcar Concept Turns into "Spark"

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