Green IT: Electric, Green Cars for 2009 and Beyond
Green is the new black, particularly in the auto industry, where every company from Tesla Motors to Honda and GM seems determined to produce alternative-fuel vehicles with the performance specs of a traditional gasoline-powered engine. While the technology behind these next-generation vehicles has improved in recent years, it remains to be seen how quickly consumers will surrender their traditional gas-guzzlers for transportation that runs on electricity and hydrogen.
Electric, Green Cars for 2009 and Beyond
The IT industry has taken a more active role in the automotive world in recent months. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are major investors in Tesla Motors, the company behind all-electric, zero-emission vehicles such as the Tesla Roadster and the Tesla Model S. Meanwhile, Intel, Microsoft and other shops have been designing microprocessors and software platforms designed to bring features such as speed recognition, 3G connectivity and mobile-device integration to the daily auto commute. Since the New York International Auto Show is taking place this month, April 10 to 19, eWEEK is taking a look at six vehicles that represent the various ways that companies big and small have been exploring the environmentally friendly future of personal transport.