Green IT: Green, Clean Next-Generation Cars at 2009 New York Auto Show
The 2009 New York Auto Show showed that, when it comes to cars, green is indeed the new black. A number of cars on display were either electric or hybrid, or else gasoline-powered vehicles specially modified to be more efficient than ever on the road. Honda, GM, BMW Group and others all rolled out alternative-fuel or hybrid vehicles with the performance specs approaching those of traditional cars. The IT industry has a large role to play in all of this, of course. Intel, Microsoft and others have been developing platforms and microprocessors designed to bring everything from mobile devices to media-intensive entertainment options into the average driver's car. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are investors in Tesla Motors, the company behind the all-electric Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S, while former eBay President Jeff Skoll has also made investments in electric vehicles. The following vehicles from the New York Auto Show represent some of the next big technological steps that auto-makers are taking toward producing the ultra-efficient cars of the future.