IAA EV Rundown

 The IAA 2011 is fast approaching – it starts Thursday, Sept. 15th in Frankfurt and will go on until the 25th. This year, electric cars get their own display – all of Hall 4. The usual suspects – Opel Ampera, Citroen C-ZERO, Renault Twizy, Peugeot iOn and the BMW prototype i3 and i8 – will all be there. Visitors can not only get information, but sign up to test drive a variety of electric cars. Of course, not all of the EVs present will be up for a test drive. There’s a long enough list to keep you busy in addition to the favorites listed above, though – and here it is.

Chevrolet is bringing the Volt (as if they’d leave it at home), and also their hybrid prototype the Miray. Meant to evoke the image of a fighter jet, the Miray has two 15KW electric engines. The hybrid part comes with the 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo in the rear.

VW has the tiny futuristic Nils – the one with the 65km range. To test drive, they’ve got an electric Golf blue-e-motion.

Opel is teasing the attendees by promising an extravagant electric prototype which won’t be named until the show actually kicks off. They’ve also got a little cabin scooter for mass production ready, which should be fairly affordable.

Not to be left out, Smart is working on the ultra-cute Smart Fortwo. The new version, jointly developed with BASF, is called Forvision.

Audi shows off their urban concept with the carbon fiber monocoque – both an enclosed hardtop and the convertible Spyder. Its new A2 electric prototype will also be making an appearance.

Ford is electrifying its legendary Transit Connect, to be seen at the show.

Mia Electric is bringing its already-classic E-microvan, the mia, along with the mia L and the mia K. The trendy new mia paris – with an all-leather interior – will also be hanging out in Hall 4.

The Technical University of Munic will display its very interesting Mute prototype.

Hybrids count as half electric, too, and get their spot in Hall 4. The Evos concept from Ford is garnering the most attention, but they’re far from the only attendees. Peugeot is bringing the French closer to hybrid territory with the HX1, while the classic Toyota Prius will show up as not only a 7-seater but also as a plug-in.

Finally, American supplier Johnson Controls is exhibiting their new prismatic batteries, which are built into the show car ie:3, and roofing specialist Webasto has an electric car powered in part by a light-weight solar-paneled roof.

It’s quite a list! Let us know if you’re planning to go, want to go, or if there’s something else you would have liked to have seen show up in Frankfurt – in the comments, below.

Source | Picture: Autobild.

 

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.