Small Is Now Big in Detroit

This year's Nother American International Auto Show includes a display the size of two hockey rinks called Electric Avenue.

Published: 09-Jan-2010

Small is now big in Detroit.

Little cars with lots of green technology will move into the spotlight like never before during the next few weeks in a city synonymous with wheels, roaring engines and horsepower.

Automakers, who are pulling out of one of the worst downturns in the industry's history, will shove the huge pickups, muscle cars and monster SUVs into the background at the 22nd North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center on the city's waterfront.


Toyota Prius with solar panels on roof that provide 165 watts of power per hour, not enough to propel the car more than a couple miles.

Solar Electric Vehicles sells its version of a plug-in Prius, with a solar panel installed, for $25,000.

Solar Millennium's AnderSol-2 solar thermal project in Egypt.

Retrofitting existing power plants is a low-cost option for solar-thermal projects because the steam turbines that are needed come for free.

Professor David Banister

Travel growth in a car-dependent society must be confronted so that people travel less, not more, writes Oxford Professor of Transportation Studies at Oxford University, David Banister.


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