PHOTO CAPTION: Honda representative Stephen Ellis with FXC Clarity during EV World's test drive at 2009 LA Auto Show

Greener Cars Just Ahead

Evelyn Kanter reports from the Los Angeles Auto Show and comes way impressed by Mitsubishi iMIEV, but with reservations about Honda's FCX Clarity.

Published: 02-Jan-2009

I flew from New York City to the recent Los Angeles Auto Show to see the future.

See EV World's exclusive report on FCX Clarity test drive and video

Not only is my little granddaughter there, but so are some of the up-and-coming alternative-fuel green cars. The two that caught my attention were the Mitsubishi plug-in electric mini car and the Honda hydrogen fuel-cell sedan.

The Mitsubishi MiEv -- stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle -- is a four-seater mini car and is roomier than it appears partly because the battery pack is under the seats, with a compact 47 Kw electric motor behind it that drives the rear wheels.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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