European carmakers are preparing their latest cool hybrid concepts for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, which runs March 4 to 14. The dominant theme is green speed. Here�"s a sneak peak at a few vehicle unveilings, which show some restraint on fuel economy, but hold nothing back on horsepower.
Mercedes F800 Style
Mercedes will unveil its F800 Style plug-in hybrid concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With its 10 kWh battery pack, the car can travel up to 18 miles solely on electricity�although perhaps not when pushed to the limits of its 4.7-second 0-60 mph acceleration and top speed of 155 mph. The combined output of the F800�"s V6 gas engine with direct injection and its 109-horsepower hybrid system is about 400 total horsepower. Mercedes didn�"t share its arithmetic, but estimates the average fuel economy of the F800 at 80 miles per gallon.
Other innovations include compact modular packaging of the batteries, motors and fuel cells to preserve interior space for five passengers; an instrumental panel that uses a camera to record your hand, thus allowing iPhone-like wiping, turning and zooming functions; and�believe it not��Straffic jam assist⬝ for hands-free driving at low speeds. The F800 Style could be a sign that Mercedes-Benz is serious about delivering a plug-in hybrid version of the S-Class in the next few years, as promised. The Mercedes F800 Style can also be equipped as a fuel cell vehicle.