Electrifying Detroit at the North American International Auto Show

Electric cars — By on January 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm
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Two of Ford Motor Company's Electric Vehicles

I am just returning from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  As a guest of Ford Motor Company, I was able to hear about – not only the new electrified vehicles from Ford – but also to tour the facilities and check out other EV offerings from a wide range of auto manufacturers.

In 2011, the word for cars is “electric.”  Green vehicles are all the rage, but beyond helping the environment, consumers are looking for ways to save green, too.  Gas prices are going to flirt with $4/gallon by Memorial Day this year, and will be pushing $5 by the end of the year.  To that end, the new cars that are coming out in 2011 and the coming years will be less reliant on gasoline and offer more options for people hoping to spend less at the pump and cut down on CO2 emissions.

In other words, its all about the electric cars this year!

Here’s a quick tour of some of the electric vehicles featured in Detroit this year.  If they aren’t already for sale, be sure to look for them in the next 12-24 months!

First up – the Chevy Volt!  Its an “extended range” EV, which means that its really a plug-in electric hybrid car that runs on both batteries and gasoline.

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The 2011 Chevy Volt

In addition to the Chevy Volt, you can buy a Nissan LEAF, a 100% electric car, today:

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100% electric, zero emissions Nissan LEAF

Prices start at about $32,000, with $7,500 rebate available from the U.S. Government.

Among the other electric cars I saw at NAIAS include the Smart Car:

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Smart Car EV

Of course, Tesla has been setting the standard for sporty, fast, very “un-electric”-seeming vehicles like this hot sports car:

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Tesla electric sportscar

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric was also a hot car at NAIAS:

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Ford Focus Electric - coming in 2012

In fact, listen to what Ford had to say about its new electrified vehicle line:

Beyond these cars, there are new electric and hybrid electric cars from Mercedes, Volkswagon, Mini Cooper, and more.

Stay tuned for more information as the future continues to unfold for alternative fuel and electric vehicles!

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