THE CARS OF THE FUTURE
The cars of the future will run on renewable energy. Or, at the very least, will be hybrids. At the annual Geneva International Motor Show, the world was given a preview of the some of the most futuristic cars (or car concepts) in the works. We’ve already shared the details on Sedric, Volkswagen’s autonomous “lounge on wheels,” and Pop.Up, Airbus and Italdesign’s car-drone hybrid, but here are five others from the total of 118 that are just as impressive.
HYUNDAI’S FE FUEL CELL
Hyundai’s FE (short for Future Eco) Fuel Cell, slated for 2018, aims to be the future of SUVs. It will run on Hyundai’s improved hydrogen fuel cell technology and is a zero-emission vehicle, promising 30 percent greater energy density than the Tucson Fuel Cell. This futuristic-looking SUV is designed with a clean, flowing look that’s inspired by water, according to Hyundai. On the inside, it has internal air humidifiers that can recycle some of its water emissions within the cabin’s atmosphere. Plus, it has a trunk that can stow and charge an electric scooter.
BENTLEY EXP 12 SPEED 6E
This one’s a comeback concept. Initially unveiled by Bentley at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the EXP 12 Speed 6e is probably one of the fanciest EV concepts out there. That’s to be expected with British manufacturer Bentley, of course. This elegant two-seater has a better battery than its predecessor, cameras for side mirrors, and no roof — making it perfect for a grand touring experience.
LEXUS LS 500H
Here’s another luxurious-looking sedan. Though not an electric car, the 2018 Lexus LS 500h makes the case for a hybrid large sedan, which is cleaner but packs the same powertrain found in the 2018 LC 500h sports coupe. It can run on pure electric power for a considerable distance.
RENAULT ZOE E-SPORT
There’s the regular Zoe, and then there’s the E-Sport. Both are EVs from Renault, but the E-Sport is built to wow your racing genes. It has 460 bhp courtesy of its monstrous 450 kg battery, boosting this four-wheel drive EV’s performance. To keep its weight down to 1,400 kg (3,086 lb), the E-Sport has a carbonfiber body. This working concept is intended to maintain “Renault’s commitment to the ongoing development of electric vehicles.”
The GT by Mercedes-AMG is another high-performance hybrid car concept. The renowned car manufacturer is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a concept car that has a Formula 1-derived 805-hp hybrid powertrain. “With the Mercedes-AMG GT concept, we are giving a preview of our third completely autonomously developed sports car,” Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG, said during the unveiling. “With our AMG GT concept, that means a combination of an ultramodern V8 petrol engine and a high-performance electric motor.”