The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

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

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