What I was most interested in seeing at the Montreal International Auto Show was the hybrid and electric cars. There was little news and when I asked questions I was anwsered mostly with "maybe in 2009-2011" by major car makers.
The picture shows an electric engine/generator module by our very own Hydro-Québec through their subsidiary TM4 . The module is intended to power electric cars, but most of the clients are european apparently.
There was also a ZENN (Zero emission, No Noise) car by ZENN Motor Company (formelly Feel Good Cars) on display. For people living in the city, this looks like a very good solution, particularly if they get the EEStor upgrade.
I would have liked to see the Wrightspeed X1 or the new Lotus-bodied Tesla Roadster, but they sadly weren't at the show. Both of these are pure electric cars that can do 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in around 4 seconds, besting Ferraris and Porches.
Toyota does apparently intend hybrids to be 80% of their sales by 2010 according to a saleswoman, yet they mostly had large vehicles like SUVs and pick-ups in their booth. That left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth.
On their side GM were touting their own hybrids, but as far as I could see, none were half as economic as my non-hybrid Toyota Echo Hatchback. (Now known worldwide as the Yaris.)
My lease expires in 3,5 years, and I'm still hoping for a decent electric option, or at least a plugable hybrid.
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