Geneva Motor Show: Green Car Preview


2018 Lexus LC 500h

2018 Lexus LC 500h

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The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is right around the corner, and a number of electric cars, hybrids, and other green models are set to debut there.

As with any auto show, there will be a mix of concept cars and more down-to-earth production models.

This being a European show, there will also be a few green-car debuts that fall under the category of "forbidden fruit."

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We've rounded up all of the significant green cars we're aware of so far, but more may be announced in the coming weeks.

For the latest updates in the days counting down to the show--media days start on Tuesday, March 1--head over to our show news hub.

Teaser for 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback prototype debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Teaser for 10th-generation Honda Civic Hatchback prototype debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Honda Civic Hatchback "Prototype"

A five-door hatchback was announced as part of the 10th-generation Civic lineup for the U.S. almost a year ago, and we'll get our first glimpse of that body style at the Geneva show.

Aside from a shadowy teaser image, Honda has not released any information on the hatchback, which it says will appear in "prototype" form at the show.

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In the U.S., the hatchback will likely use the same powertrains as the Civic sedan and coupe, meaning buyers will choose between a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four.

The Civic hatchback is expected to go on sale in Europe in early 2017, with U.S. sales likely to start sometime after that.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Already shown in its home market of South Korea, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq could be a rival for several different green cars.

That's because it will be offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric powertrains. The car itself shares a platform with the 2017 Elantra compact sedan.

Hyundai has only shown the Ioniq Hybrid so far. It uses a model-specific 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, working with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and electric motor.

Perhaps we'll learn more about the plug-in hybrid and battery-electric versions in Geneva.

Or perhaps Hyundai will save that information for another appearance at the 2016 New York Auto Show, which takes place shortly after Geneva.

2018 Lexus LC 500h

2018 Lexus LC 500h

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2018 Lexus LC 500h

The LC 500h is a hybrid version of the LC 500 luxury coupe Lexus unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

In place of that car's 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the LC 500h employs a 3.5-liter V-6 and a pair of electric motors that operate in a similar arrangement to the Hybrid Synergy Drive System used in previous Lexus and Toyota hybrids.

But the LC 500h's "Lexus Multi-Stage Hybrid System" also includes a four-speed automatic transmission to augment the "e-CVT" arrangement of electric motors. This creates a more involving driving experience, Lexus says.

Total system output is 354 horsepower, allowing the LC 500h to do 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds, according to the carmaker.

Morgan EV3 Three Wheeler

Morgan EV3 Three Wheeler

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Morgan Electric 3 Wheeler

Anachronistic British carmaker Morgan is expected to unveil a production electric version of its 3 Wheeler at the Geneva show.

This will likely be a refined version of the EV3 that debuted at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

While it's known for designs that predate World War II, Morgan is making a serious commitment to electrified powertrains.

In addition to the anticipated electric 3 Wheeler, Morgan plans to offer hybrid versions of all of its models by the end of the decade.


 
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