The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show brought us some interesting and imaginative eco-friendly concept cars. With efficiency in mind, these companies pushed their creativity to the limit. Here are some of the most eccentric designs of 2011.
For those of us who like to rock and roll, Volkswagen revealed their newest Beetle. They have made friends with Fender to bring an audio system to this car that is ready for the main stage. The system includes a 400W 10-channel amplifier, a subwoofer, and two sets of tweeters, one set in the front and one in the back.
This year Honda debuted this an ultra tiny electric car they call their “micro commuter”. This eco-friendly vehicle is only 98.4 inches long, 49.2 wide, and 56.3 tall and brings a video game feel to your morning drive. Two joysticks control the car. Its top speed is only 37 mph and carries three people. Although this might appear to be a disadvantage, for anyone navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.
This design may resemble a bus; it is actually the FC Sho Case fuel cell car. Daihatsu’s revolutionary design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it less expensive to make then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the exterior play relaxing wave patterns, but when getting into the car, passengers must step high over these to get in, making it difficult for elderly people or those with injuries.
Toyota and Yamaha
As people search for fuel-efficient ways to get around, we have seen the popularity of mopeds grow in the past years. Toyota partnered with Yamaha to take this one step further with their electric tricycle the EC-Miu. This scooter can be recharged at charging stations used by other electric vehicles and will be embedded with Wi-Fi capabilities. Talk about high-tech.
This year’s concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show were very green focused. Every year the designs unveiled at the show seem to get more imaginative. I can’t wait to see what they bring us next year.