The 2012-ish (2013) Fisker Surf Shooting Brake

If there were three eco-responsible cars to look forward to in the coming years, they would be the Tesla Model S, the BMW i-Series, and this car here, the Fisker Surf — a shooting brake (nee ‘Wagon’) version of the Fisker Karma (ok, that makes four cars to look forward to.)

The Fiskers are plug-in hybrids which mean that they charge much like the Chevy Volt. When the batteries run low at 50 miles, a BMW-sourced turbocharged 4 cylinder will get you up to an additional 250 miles before needed a recharge or refuel.

Fisker is hinting at a late 2012 start date for production of both the Karma and the Surf. The safe bet is for a 2013 debut.

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VW’s Formula 1-like “Nils” Electric City Car

This is “Nils”, Volkswagen’s fully electric, lightweight “go-kart” concept. It’s a single seat vehicle that you sit in like, well, a go-kart or a Formula-1 race car:

Volkswagen has announced that it will showcase this little EV concept dubbed ‘Nils’ at the Frankfurt motor show. It is posited as a solution to the hordes of German commuters making journeys of around 15 miles. As such, the Nils gets a 20bhp electric motor (with a peak 34bhp) powered by a lithium-ion battery, enabling a zero-emission drive of up to 40 miles, a 0-62mph time of under 11 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.

It’s part VW Up and part Minority Report. So what do you think? Would you drive one of these for short commutes?

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