Multiple Climax…

CocoEco Sexy 1

CocoEco Sexy 2

The latest in the CocoEco series- full background here

Multiple Car-ma

We think eco-friendly vehicles have gotten a bum rap, aesthetically. The butt of countless jokes on The Simpsons, they’re certainly better for the planet, but some folks still consider driving one to be a legitimate form of birth control. While there have been some vehicles over the years that have rightfully earned that designation, the tide is definitely turning- this month, we bring you a veritable orgy of vehicles sure to make hearts beat faster:

Fisker Karma

One of the most highly-anticipated vehicles of the year, the Karma is a series plug-in hybrid, running for 50 miles on battery power with two electric motors producing 403hp. After that, a 2-liter direct inject gasoline engine kicks in, providing “unlimited” range as long as you’re near a gas station. Henrik Fisker has spent his career designing cars for the likes of Aston Martin; the unabashedly sexy Karma (and it’s sister model, the Sunset convertible) reflect it. Starting at $87,900 and due to be delivered in June 2010, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one. With 1,400 orders already taken, however, we might just have to get in line.

 

BMW 335d

BMW has long been a benchmark of style and refinement; now, it seeks to introduce the fuel long-favored in Europe for its efficiency to the US with its “clean diesel” technology. A 3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine provide 23/26mpg, while the higher torque of the diesel engine allows the, um, thrust, of a larger gasoline engine. With a base price of $43,900 and legal in all 50 states (though using biodiesel will likely void your warranty), the 335d is sure to get Americans thinking a little differently about diesel.


Tesla Roadster 2.0 and Model S

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, recently announced to Bloomberg viewers that driving a Tesla was the surest way to get a date- we think it can’t possibly hurt. To their credit, Tesla  Motors shattered the golf cart myth with the introduction of the Roadster in 2006, and is now delivering the 2010 Roadster 2.0, a slightly refined version of the $109,000, 244-mile range, 0-60 in 3.9 second pocket rocket. With over 1,000 orders and a delivery date still 2+ years away, the 4-door, $57,400 (base) eco-sleek Model S might be even hotter.

Honda Clarity-

There’s little arguing that the garnet-colored, teardrop shaped Clarity is one of the best looking cars on the road- of any fuel. Sleek and refined, with an interior tastefully crafted of petroleum free resins and bio-based fabrics, it is the very definition of compelling. It’s hydrogen fuel cell powerplant also renders it obscenely expensive to make (Honda won’t specify costs, but the $600/mo to lease one of only 200 made for 3 years is a downright bargain) and inconvenient to refuel. What we’re most excited about with the Clarity, however, is the potential- a plug-in hybrid with that skin and a Honda nameplate would be very tough to beat.

 

Venturi Fetish-

We had to include an honorable mention for the name alone. This Monaco-based electric vehicle sports 150 miles of range and a top speed of 100mph, but at a cost of 297,000 Euros (approx $425,000) and a production limit of 25 vehicles, you probably won’t see too many on the road. Still, we have to appreciate a company that boldly states where others merely hint.

 

5 thoughts on “Multiple Climax…

  1. Chels,

    I can just imagine how thrilled you must be to see such a dramatic shift in the auto industry, as every nation (including France) is scrambling to be the dominant player in alternative fuel / propulsion vehicles.

    A few years ago, the Hummer represented the direction of automotive buying habits. Today, the Chevy Volt, with a first year production of 10,000 vehicles against a waiting list over 50,000, represents the new direction.

    Your work on the EV1, as well as your advocation for EV’s through “Who Killed the Electric Car?” and Plug-In America, are definite contributors to the world we live in today.

  2. I got interested in EVs after watching WKTEC, so I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one impressed by you. The film showed:

    1) That EVs were a realistic and practical alternative.
    2) That Hydrogen was just a distraction used to keep us waiting.
    3) That *normal* ordinary people loved EVs once given the chance to drive them.
    4) That the auto industry’s old guard was headed for bankruptcy.
    5) That Silicon Valley’s VCs (uber capitalists) were willing and ready to support companies challenging Detroit. So, no big money conspiracy here.

    Thanks to you and Chris.

  3. Thank you guys! I am indeed thrilled to see the shift in the industry, though there’s still a lot of work to be done and I’m a little concerned about people thinking it’s a done deal and getting complacent….

    No snowflake in an avalanche feels responsible, and this has definitely been a group effort- but I am grateful to be part of such a group.

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