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.
Volkswagen unveiled their newest Beetle and it is ready to rock. Teaming up with Fender, this Beetle is equipped with a sound system that features a 400W 10-channel amplifier, a subwoofer, and two sets of tweeters, one set in the front and one in the back. This car is ideal for anyone who is ready to rock out!
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 just 37 mph and carries three people. While this may seem like a disadvantage, for those navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.
This design may look like a bus; it is actually the FC Sho Case fuel cell car. Daihatsu’s innovative design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it more affordable to build then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the exterior play tranquil 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
Scooters have become more popular in the past few years. People want easy, fuel-efficient ways to get from here to there. Partnering with Toyota, Yamaha unveiled an electric tricycle that takes scooters one step further. The EC-Miu can be recharged at charging stations used by other electric vehicles and has Wi-Fi capabilities.
The concepts showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show this year were green focused and highly imaginative. It’s hard to predict what they will think of next, but I for one am looking forward to next year.