IT ISN’T GENEVA WITHOUT QUIRKS OF ART
GENEVAG is renowned for its wild concept vehicles and this year was no exception.
VW unveiled its oddball Sedric, a self-driving concept car shaped a little like a toaster o on wheels.
The pod-shaped four-seater does away with the conventional steering wheel a and pedals, becoming a lounge room on wheels. Forward motion comes from an electric motor that is activated by voice controls, while there are also five LIDAR scanners on the roof to allow the car to manoeuvre autonomously.
VW plans to launch its first driverless vehicles after 2020.
Not to be outdone with future tech, Hyundai unveiled its latest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle concept, the FE.
Unlike the Sedric, the FE will go into full-scale production — and 20 vehicles will arrive in Australia snext year as part of a groundbreaking deal with the ACT government.
The first hydrogen-powered cars sold in Australia, they will be part of the landmark Hornsdale Windfarm project that harvests wind for hydrogen production. oduction. The FE is an improved oved version of thee ix35 hydrogen vehiclehicle that has been n around since 2013. Hyundaiai says the vehicle cle can now travel 800km 00km between fill-ups ups — better than some petroletrol vehicle.
Hyundai will ll also import vehicles for local trials and customer evaluations and depending on demand, could offer it to private buyers at a cost estimated to be about ut $60,000.
Ultimately, though it will depend on government support, of which there has been precious little to date. te.
Toyota joined the fray with a quirky three-seater city runabout that weighs just t 600kg. The i-TRIL electric ic vehicle will travel up to 200km between charges. The maker says it’s also fun to drive, leaning into corners like a motorbike and turning in less than half the space of a conventional car.
Swiss teasers: VW’s toaster-like electric Sedric, top; Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered FE, soon to appear in fuel-cell trials in the ACT, above; and Toyota’s i-TRIL three-seat runabout