We're excited to see that the focus isn't just on fuel cells and elecrics, but on making cars lighter, safer, and more efficient through broader design changes, embracing new materials, and developing some downright weird ideas.
Our favorite design of the competition is the Toyota RLV (renewable lifestyle vehicle.) When it goes, it goes, up to 75 mph at a pretty good clip, using nothing more than it's electric motor. But when you're stuck in a Los Angeles traffic jam, forget about wasting your batteries, and just pedal. That's right, the RLV has a pedal power option, if you're feeling like getting some exercise, taking it easy, or conserving your battery, just pedal the lightweight two seater to your destination. The RLV represents more than a new design for a car, it's a new design for cars in general and, from what I can tell, a darned good one.