The Frankfurt Motor Show Headlines Electric Cars


The 64th International Motor Show to be held in Frankfurt, Germany would have a new line-up of new cars to offer the discerning car lover. The centerpieces used to be the latest in turbo charging as well as cam heads, now it it is batteries and electric motors.

In the latest holding of the show, BMW would unveil its i3 concept car. Volkswagen would also introduce its electric compact version, the UPI and the single seater Nils. The Audi would also showcase its Urban, their version of electric car as well as the A2 electric concept.

Overall, there would be eighty-nine new car models that would be unveiled in the motor show, from 1,007 participants ranging from cars to auto parts manufacturers. The theme of this year’s show is “Future comes as standard”. This in itself highlights the importance and the increased presence of environmentally friendly electric cars.

Mercedes Benz does not want to be left behind and is introducing its high end F125 electric car together with its standard engine models such as the B Class Benz, the SLS AMG, the SLK 250 CDI and the SLK55 AMG.

For its part, Toyota would be introducing the new hybrid version of its popular Lexus GS450h model. Also in its line up are the Avensis, the Prius as well, as the Lexus 450h. From France’s Peugeot, the first diesel hybrid would be introduced in its 3008, Sport 908, the 508RXH. It would also unveil its HX1 plug-in model. Hyundai-Kia would introduce its first European line, the i40 hatchback and its electric car, the BlueOn.

For all the participants, new regulations have made the new cars in the show much more important. The U.S. has recently instituted new fuel efficiency standards that automakers need to comply in order to be allowed to sell in the world’s second largest car market; cars need to run at 35.5 mpg by 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025.

To be able to sell in the European market, the European Union has imposed stricter standards on gas emissions as well as new tax regulations on car sales. In addition, there is a greater push for smaller vehicles, mainly as a result of the global recession as buyers have lower budgets with lesser disposable incomes.

The show would run from September 13 to 25, 2011 at the Messegelände in Frankfurt, Germany.