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What do most of us think about when we think of hybrid and electric cars? Most likely you think of a small car with a futuristic look to it. More often than not this futuristic look also heads down the path of, in my opinion, “extremely strange.” Today’s technology and designers have taken leaps and bounds in both the look, feel, and overall efficiency of these vehicles. Some of these designers have been able to rid themselves of the stereotypes of hybrid/electric cars, however this is not always the case. I thought it would be a bit interesting to take a look at what is out there today… the good, the ugly, and the downright bizarre.

The Good

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is my personal favorite. It is proof that you can design a fully electric car and make it look awesome.
Pro: All electric, more than 200 miles per charge, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
Con: With this much power and speed, and a nice bright red paint job, you’ll get more than your fair share of speeding tickets.

Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept
Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Concept

With its sleek design, the Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept mixes the practicality of a hybrid with the fundamentals of a sports car.
Pro: 400 horsepower, projected mid-price, and 0-60 mph in approximately 4 seconds.
Con: It’s a concept.

The Ugly

Chrysler GEM Peapod

The electric Chrysler GEM Peapod boasts four seats, an iPod/iPhone dock, a 6-8 hour charge, and an original design that says “I’m eco-friendly, but I haven’t gotten any since buying this.” (I’ll let you figure out what “any” means)
Pro: It’s electric and aimed at small community travel.
Con: You are basically driving around a smiley face. Don’t look at a pick-up truck driver wrong either… you could be run over.

Piaggio 3-Wheel Hybrid Scooter
Piaggio Scooter

Deviating from the theme of hybrid/electric cars, the Piaggio 3-Wheel Hybrid Scooter is a fresh design that can go nearly 141 mpg.
Pro: Packs a punch for its size: 0-60 acceleration in approximately 5 seconds.
Con: A scooter with 2 front wheels is something even the Europeans would laugh at.

The Bizarre

Aptera Hybrid
Aptera Hybrid

The Aptera Hybrid is truly an original. It is a 2-passenger prototype that shoots for nearly 300 mpg on a 3-wheeled design.
Pro: 300 mpg? Yes please.
Con: You are 2 wings and 1 prop away from being a single engine airplane (wait… that could be a Pro).

Pyramid… Thing?

This no-doubt bizarre design is the product of Greg Zanis’ mind. It sits on 4 wheels and uses solar power to run its 80 batteries and 4 electric engines.
Pro: Um…
Con: Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there’s a market for a 45 mph pyramid on wheels.

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3 Responses to “The Good, The Ugly, And The Bizarre”

  1. Carol Patten says:

    In 30 years you’ll chuckle at all that DIDN’T happen as I do over what didn’t occur since I read my father’s Popular Science and Mechanix Illustrated back in the 30s and 40s as a 10 year old (and wondered what was the stuff advertised in those back pages for????) As a girl, only child – I read anything and everything – sure I’d have an amphibicar (about 1939 issue), a car that ran on the roadway but you unbuckled wings from roof, extended them and flew the rest of the way home to private runway. I was going to be another Earhart! Ah, well – fate handed me a husband and three sons – big adventure and now, at 76, I’m fighting the computer age. Thanks for your good ‘stuff.’

  2. Carol Patten says:

    A P.S. to earlier – a ‘Smart Car’ followed me down the road this afternoon. It was a student from a local high school tooling along. With a quarter mile between us he was nearly invisible – if you have one DRIVE WITH YOUR LIGHTS ON for heaven’s sake!

  3. Kicknbak says:

    You didn’t mention VW’s new $600. car, single passenger, 258 mpg, gas engine to be released in china this year.
    Actually, that turns out to be an exageration, however the real version at two passenger and $2,500. is still a dream that won’t be realized in America. Just Google up the VW $600. car to envision.

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