The 83rd Geneva Motor Show was all about alternative power. The headliners were the hybrid super cars like Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 but we think the all-electric concept cars were a bit more interesting. Some like the Toyota i-Road and the Volkswagen XL1 are odd shaped futuristic machines, whilst others like the BMW i3 offer a bit more practicality and fit well into the manufacturer’s existing model range.
In terms of space-age looking vehicles, the pick of the bunch at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show was the i-Road. Toyota’s rival for the Renault Twizy is a two-seater that’s driven more like a motorbike than a car. It is lent down into the corners thanks to its “Active Lean” programme that stops the machine from toppling over and the seats are one behind the other rather than side-by-side.
Although cars like the Volkswagen XL1, Toyota i-Road and BMW i3 are aimed at a future that’s quite a way down the road, their zero emissions and decent range make them applicable today. BMW Board Chairman Norbert Reithofer summarised the need for electric cars when he told press, “To have any chance of addressing the growing ecological challenges in the world’s metropolitan areas, there’s no getting around the use of zero-emission drive technology.”
Audi used the motor show to unveil their gas powered A3 g-Tron. The Audi Sportback g-Tron uses compressed natural gas to give a range of 807 miles from one tank of fuel. Power comes from a 1.4 litre turbo that burns e-gas to produce 110 hp.