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 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
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.
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
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 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).
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.
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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