Tomorrow in Geneva Palexpo, the 81st International Motor Show will not only be displaying a range of electric vehicles, but visitors will have a chance to test drive some in the Essais Verts (Green Test Drives) section. Here are five of our favorite cars on display tomorrow that we’ll be queuing up to test drive.
The LAMPOS2 Prototype Available for test drive at the Geneva International Show
First up is the slick looking LAMPOS2 prototype from Protoscar
. I’d stand in line all day to get behind the wheel of this 408 hp beast. This high performance all electric sports car has two motors front and back that effectively make it an all wheel drive with variable torque between the front and rear axle. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds, has a top speed of 200 km/h. The lithium ion batteries give it a range of over 200 km which is how far they’ll have to chase me. If this beauty is as much fun to drive as it looks, I’m not giving it back!
Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell electric vehicle
Next in line is the A-Class E-Cell from Mercedes-Benz.It’s their second electric vehicle intended for production after the B-Class F-Cell hydrogen fuel-cell car
. Unlike the F-Cell this car needs to be plugged in to charge it’s lithium-ion batteries. Last year 500 of these five-seater were built in Rastatt and leased to selected customers in Western Europe. If you weren’t one of those lucky few, the test drive tent at Geneva is your chance to give this 95 hp production vehicle a spin.
The Smart ForTwo electric drive
Daimler has a second generation Smart electric drive
two-seater ready for a test drive this year at the 81st International Motor Show in Geneva. This very efficient electric vehicle has a soft top and a surprising amount of interior space. The rear mounted 30 kilo-watt motor gives 120 NM of torque making this urban electric vehicle quite agile. Drivers that equate efficiency with sluggishness will be very surprised to feel this car pop of the line.
Peugeot has their 100% electric iOn
urban runabout on display and available for a test drive at the 2011 International Motor Show in Geneva. Followers of Mitsubishi might notice that it is essentially a Mitsubishi i-MiEV with a more elegant color scheme. This four door hatchback has a surprising amount of acceleration at lower speeds. A low center of gravity adds a sense of stability when turning. Lucky auto show patrons will find that the iOn maneuvers easily with a turning radius that will make it fun to drive even in tightly jammed city streets.
The Nissan Leaf
Finally the car everyone’s talking about, the Nissan Leaf
. Demand continues to out-pace supply for the 2011 European Car of the Year. In North-America thousands of potential customers who put down deposits on this electric vehicle will most likely be waiting until later this fall. If any of them happen to be in Switzerland, they can at least spend some time behind the wheel. We haven’t had a chance to drive one yet and are looking forward to it.
Cory is a self employed writer specializing in the energy sector. He is fascinated with the disruptions caused by advanced extraction techniques.
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