Into the Future at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

January 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

By Dean Adams Curtis

The future of personal transport is definitely going to be propelled by electric, hydrogen-generated electric, and hybrid plug-in electric power. That future has already dawned and is on display at auto shows, as well as on the streets of forward-looking cities, states, and nations.

In our video report from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit we focus only on electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles to give you a glimpse of the near future manifested by automakers today along the Motor City’s riverfront.

Our cast of vehicles, in order of their appearance, are the:

Audi Quattro h-tron – hydrogen concept
Chevy Malibu – hybrid
Chevy Volt – plug-in hybrid
Chevy Bolt EV – electric
BMW 330e – plug-in hybrid
BMW 740e – plug-in hybrid
BMW i3 – electric
BMW i8 – plug-in hybrid
Mercedes Benz C350e – plug-in hybrid
Volkswagen e-Golf – electric
Volkswagen Jetta – hybrid
Porsche Panamera S – plug-in hybrid
Porsche Cayenne S – plug-in hybrid
Fiat 500X (not an EV, hybrid, or hydrogen, but check out the 500e)
Kia Telluride – concept (power train not yet announced)
Lexus LF-FC – hydrogen concept (four in-wheel electric motors)
Audi A3 e-tron – plug-in hybrid
Toyota Mirai – hydrogen
Toyota Camry XLE – hybrid
Toyota RAV4 hybrid – hybrid
Toyota Prius – hybrid
Scion C-HR concept (power train not yet announced)
Toyota FCV Plus – hydrogen fuel cell vehicle concept
Toyota FV2 – single passenger future vehicle concept

Not shown in our video, but revealed at the Detroit auto show, is the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid (below) that will be on sale in March or April. It comes with 7 or 8 seats, automatic breaking, collision alert and lane departure assist.

2017-Chrysler-Pacifica-plug-in-hybrid

And an interesting new electric vehicle not at Detroit, having been unveiled the week before at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is the Volkswagen BUDD-e.

VW indicated that the BUDD-e  (below) will be available in 2018.

vwBUDD-eOnWood

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