Fast cars have relied on the internal combustion engine for far too long, to the detriment of both the environment and, arguably, performance. More and more, though, motoring firms are rising to the challenge of setting things right. Exceedingly so!
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot that we liked, in terms of green energy concepts already road-permitted in Europe and in early production that addressed the issue of oil dependence without compromising on power. These are some of the new models that embrace the green side, without going soft one tiny bit.
Displayed in a gleaming yellow, this plug-in electric shooting brake has claimed a 500km range and can recharge by 80% in 30 minutes. That is less time than it takes to charge a typical smart phone. Thanks to its three electric motors, the GTZero has 483hp on tap. No 0-100km/h has been quoted yet but it is proposed with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
Another timeless design is its modular construction. If you don’t fancy this body, the front and rear portions can be replaced to suit different styles of car and, crucially different types of propulsion – better batteries, a hybrid powertrain or even a fuel cell (remember those?).
Pininfarina H2 Speed
The legendary Pininfarina style is self-evident here, if you have eyes in your head. Not so self-evident though is the kind of environmentally sound thinking that went into this vision of a high performance track car. Incorporating revolutionary developments in hydrogen fuel cell technology, this sporty model promises fast driving fun.
Two electric motors deliver more than 500 horses worth of power to the rear wheels, pushing from a 0-100km/h in a gut-wrenching 3.4 seconds and topping out at 300km/h. It takes 3 minutes (that’s less than you spend at the pump right now) to refuel and still performs at the same level as a traditional performance vehicle.
Techrules AT96 TREV
Claiming to be China’s first supercar, the TREV also has an engine fit for easing the pressure on the country’s haze-heavy atmosphere. This electric car uses a turbine engine (you know, those things that power fighter jets) for battery recharging and range extension, and produces, at peak power, 1,030bhp. Projections indicate 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and a 350km/h top speed. The fuel consumption, though, is just 0.18L/100km.
Current plug-in hybrids or range-extending hybrids pair an electric engine with an internal combustion engine to share the driving load or to regenerate the battery. The turbine engine is a first (the Jaguar C-X75 had a similar system though), and if successful, may be adopted in other models. It is worth noting though that the turbine engine is still an internal combustion system…
nanoFlowcell QUANT F EF
This car appeared last year, but this year the design has evolved and its unique powertrain technology is closer to full production, having been European Road Permitted and awaiting final US Permitting. It has a top speed of more than 300km/h but zero harmful emissions thanks to the nanoFlowcell drive technology that is generated using simple salt water. This green energy tech is the cleanest and most efficient of all the feasible concepts out there.
The nanoFlowcell uses ionic fluids to generate the charge that powers an electric motor. One more step towards the dream of an electric car with all the benefits – acceleration, torque and none of the drawbacks.
Overall, the Quant is our favorite green energy tech luxury supercar, as it promises a surer solution to the overall future of both automobiles and energy solvency.
If only Big Oil that is thwarting US Road Permitting would only admit saltwater nanoflow technology is the best bet for global energy and automobiling, we would all be much better off!