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. Below are a few 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 includes 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 tiny electric car is called a “micro-commuter”. It’s only 98.4 inches long, 49.2 wide, and 56.3 tall and has a top speed of 37 mph. Like something out of a video game, the operator sits in the center of the front seat operating the car with two joysticks. It carries three people and although it has a low max speed, its small size makes it perfect for navigating around a dense city.
This design may look like a bus; it is actually the FC Sho Case fuel cell car. Daihatsu’s revolutionary 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 hard 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.
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.