The 2010 Los Angeles auto show introduced quite a few eco-friendly vehicles, including the Honda Air, Nissan V, Mercedes Benz Biome, and the Maybech DRS2 concept vehicles. Running on a variety of fuels, these vehicles and the companies responsible for them hope to advance automotive technology.
Of the green concept vehicles shown at the show, the Honda Air was perhaps the most unique, because of its pneumatic fuel system that is capable of running entirely on air. Weighing in at only 800 pounds and capable of traveling 100 miles on a single charge(?), the Honda Air was thought to be a contender for the 2011 Green Car of the Year Award, which ultimately went to the Chevy Volt.
Also making a strong showing was the Nissan Leaf, which, in addition to being eco-friendly, is also tech-friendly, incorporating the latest iPhone technology in the vehicle. Unlike the Honda Air, this vehicle is in production.
According to Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, “In years past, the number of vehicles that could truly be considered worthy could be counted on two hands. That’s no longer the case. Today, there are many models designed and built to environmental standards we would not have thought possible many years ago.”