2012 Infiniti LE Concept
Tesla may be first on the market with an all-electric luxury sedan, but Infiniti wants a piece of the pie too. The swoopy styling takes inspiration from Infiniti's other recent concept, the Emerg-E plug-in sports car.
With a 100 kW electric motor (134 horsepower) and a Nissan Leaf-derived platform it isn't the bespoke sedan a Tesla Model S is, but the LE Concept does offer wireless inductive charging as a standard feature--we wonder if the LE will make production?
If you're looking for hints as to what the next-generation Toyota Prius might look like, you could start with the NS4 Concept unveiled early in the year.
First shown at the Detroit Auto Show, the NS4 is a Camry-sized plug-in hybrid sedan, with a lightweight powertrain and technology by the boat-load. If this is what the next Camry or Prius will be like, we're rather looking forward to it...
Morgan is the odd one out on this list. Not only is the quaint English company tiny compared to giants like Toyota and Volkswagen, but its electric concept is distinctly retro in appearance.
The Worcestershire firm has even given the Plus E a manual transmission, which it says offers a more connected driving experience than a single-gear system. We think typical Morgan owners will probably approve. Range is 100 miles, and it'll top 120 mph.
Another unique Toyota concept, and another which may offer details for the next Prius. The FT-Bh is much smaller than the NS4, at roughly the size of a Yaris, but it's significantly more aerodynamic than today's hybrids.
That bodywork may look like something you'd find crawling around on the ocean floor, but it results in a low 0.235 drag coefficient. The engine is a tiny 1.0 liter, 2-cylinder unit with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, and predicted fuel economy is 112 mpg even on the hybrid...
It's hard to believe that the Acura NSX was now launched almost a year ago. Appealing to green fans and gearheads alike, it resurrects one of Honda's most sought-after models, the original NSX supercar.
The statistics out-punch the original's 276-hp 3.0 V-6, though--a V-6 returns, but this time it's hybrid-assisted and sends power through Honda's Super Hybrid All-Wheel Drive system. The greenest supercar yet? Could be...