The LA Auto Show Green Car Round-Up

Turkey Day approacheth, and with it, for much of the country, decidedly colder temps. Not so in sunny Los Angeles, California, which has been heating up via the many fine green cars we’ve been seeing showcased this week at the LA Auto Show.

Here’s a round up of some of our favorite cars from the many we’ve posted on over the past few weeks or so–and if you’re out there in Los Angeles, basking in the sun, do us a favor: go see check out these new green cars for yourself.

Honda Electric Fit Hatchback

Honda Fit Electric Vehicle Hatchback

image via Honda

Back around the turn of the millennium, Toyota got the jump on the green car market by beating out the Honda Insight with the Prius. In the brave new world of electric cars, which automaker will come out ahead? Only time will tell, but the Honda Fit EV Concept offers an interesting glimpse of what’s to come. The Fit Electric is slated for U.S. and Japanese production in 2012, and if all goes according to plan for Toyota, will feature a top speed of 90 miles per hour, achieve an estimated 100 mile per charge and charge up (via quick charge station) in less than six hours.

Fit Electric drivers will be able to choose between  Econ, Normal, and Sport mode to, alternately, conserve battery life or improve acceleration. Onboard goodies also include a a special meter display that advises you on when to cut the AC and other peripherals to conserve battery life,  remote connectivity, and a navigation system that locates public charging-stations.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.