Whether on the road or at a show, cars take up a lot of space. At Toronto's Green Living Show they were up front and center, a collection of the latest. I am not a car buff and didn't ask a lot of questions, but was intrigued by a few. Mike has covered many of them so enjoy the link bait.
We have devoted a lot of pixels to the Toyota plug-in electric Prius. It seems like a lot of car and a lot of weight for city cruising; it only goes 15 miles in all electric mode and then turns into a regular Prius. I don't get the point. Read more:Toyota Unveils 2012 Prius Plug-in (87 MPGe, $32k)
Test Driving the 2012 Plug-in Electric Prius
Toyota Predicts Plug-in Prius Will Get 95 MPGe
I do get the point of this, and am considering buying one: the new baby Prius C. It is smaller and cheaper (C$ 24,000 loaded). Toyota described it as "a "city"-centric vehicle, will appeal to young singles and couples who want an eco-sensitive, high-mileage, fun-to-drive Prius." However I think it looks middle aged boring. My wife thinks that the trunk is too small. More from Mike:
What is it with the hoods being up? It's an electric car, not a Corvette, there is nothing to see. But the Mitsubishi MiEV looked "right-sized" to me for an urban runabout. I can't believe we first covered in in 2005.
Project Eve's Kestrel is Canada's contribution to the electric fleet, a bit late to the party given that there are real electric cars that you can buy off the showroom floor now. It's a one-off prototype from a consortium of suppliers and is a real smoker, with a body made from hemp. It can fetch munchies 210 kilometers away, at 115 Km/hr.
I am sorry, but I did not think this car was pretty at all. But we have a lot of coverage of the Fisker Karma:
Fisker to Make Electric Cars in Old GM Plant (Now That's Recycling!)
Fisker Automotive Raises $3 Million Despite Recession
Bad Karma as Tesla Sues Maker of Fisker Karma
Then there is the image that says it all, two bikes on the top of a car that starts at C$90,000, takes 10 litres to go a hundred kilometres (23 MPG) and bikes don't make it better, either. This is not Green Living.