2014 LA Auto Show – Plug-In Vehicle Round-Up

NOV 21 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

Aside from the 2016 Chevy Volt partial reveal, the 2014 LA Auto Show should be referred to as a dud for plug-in vehicles.

Dud or not, we still have some images from the show that we’ve not yet presented.

So, without further adieu, here’s your plug-in vehicle round-up (with one image of each of the plug-in vehicles our camera captured) of the 2014 LA Auto Show.

Mini Superleggera - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mini Superleggera – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

BMW i8 - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

BMW i8 – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

BMW i3 - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

BMW i3 – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Toyota i-Road - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Toyota i-Road – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Chevy Spark EV - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Chevy Spark EV – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

2014 Cadillac ELR - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

2014 Cadillac ELR – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

VW e-Golf - Image Credit Tom Moloughney

VW e-Golf – Image Credit Tom Moloughney

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Plug-In Hybrid - Image Credit Tom Moloughney

Mercedes-Benz S 550 Plug-In Hybrid – Image Credit Tom Moloughney

BMW X5 PHEV - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

BMW X5 PHEV – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Chevrolet Volt - Image Credit Tom Moloughney

Chevrolet Volt – Image Credit Tom Moloughney

Kia Soul EV - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

Kia Soul EV – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney

 

 

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23 Comments on "2014 LA Auto Show – Plug-In Vehicle Round-Up"

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DaveMart
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DaveMart

A round up normally presents the cars that are at the show, especially those that are actually available to test drive, so what happened to the Audi h7 Sportback h-tron, which is a PLUG IN HYBRID, but with a fuel cell instead of a combustion engine?

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/11/20141120-vw.html

DaveMart
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DaveMart

The coverage brings on nostalgia for the old days, prior to the fall of the Berlin wall, when out of favour members of the Politburo were simply airbrushed out of photos of rallies.,

Zero coverage, even in a purported round up, of the most innovative plug in hybrid at the show says an awful lot, none of it good.

But perhaps a list of 14 or so is simply too many to manage.

Jay Cole
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Nothing to do with your accusations, a separate h-tron review/wrap from the show is coming, but it is still being rounding out as it contains more than just a random photo.

As for the analogy, which was unacceptably and offensively offside…and you impatiently putting InsideEVs on blast for bias in multiple threads…make another comment like that, and it will be you last here.

DaveMart
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DaveMart

Fine.

Several days ago I noted that the absence was a little puzzling, and did the same again in my initial post yesterday.

I had assumed that there would be at least a passing mention of the relevant cars in the round up, whether or not a fuller article was later coming.

Don Diego Sepulveda
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Don Diego Sepulveda
Mr. Cole, Your offence is noted, but aren’t you being a bit disingenuous considering the selection of “your man on the scene?” And I’ll go further, let’s look at the article about the KIA Soul EV and the “confirmation” (unattributed) that it’s an evil “Compliance Car” and worse only provides the buying public with a single choice of wheels! Gee, I wonder who wrote that line? Gee, who gives a crap. It’s a great EV and if I didn’t already have two 500es in my garage, I’d try to find one. This article was placed on your site why? It certainly wouldn’t have been to garner bad press for the KIA from the “EV Community,” the target audience for it and that serious, world changing, wonderfully styled, good to it’s mother EV, the BMW i3. A vehicle, which of course your man on the scene has absolutely no connection, financial or otherwise, right? How about an article on the outstanding value that these so-called “Compliance Cars” represent? They’re so cheap that even lowly people who are not on the Auto Show guest list of a major OEM like me can afford one, or two. Here’s an offer, a serious one.… Read more »
David Murray
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David Murray

No Ford products?

John F
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John F

Or Tesla or Nissan?

Rob Stark
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Rob Stark

Tesla attends Detroit,Paris,Frankfurt and Geneva auto shows.

Mike
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Mike

… and Zurich

John F
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John F

I would have thought the LA and California market were too important for BEV manufacturers to ignore. Its surprising.

ffbj
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ffbj

Hope you had a good time at the show, thanks for the pics.

GeorgeS
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GeorgeS

Great Volt photo.
Thx Tom!

Elroy
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Do you mean the LA Auto Show didn’t have:

Fiat 500e?
Nissan LEAF?
Ford Focus EV?
Fusion or CMAXs ???

Jay Cole
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No, this is by no means a comprehensive list…just a list of cars (or OEMs) that made a serious effort to catch our attention.

The LEAF was there, although it was almost behind the Nissan display, and Ford’s EV presence (while again present to some degree) was only a fraction of what they had promoted in the past.

For the most part the “EVs you know” that were only represented by their parent by a single car, pushed off to the side on the floor, with a little sign…aren’t getting the love in this thread.

Tom Moloughney
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The only LEAF at Nissan’s exhibit was indeed BEHIND Nissan’s display area where the service staff was working. You have to walk around the stage to even see it. I thought about asking the staff to move so I could take a picture, but it was just a regular LEAF that we’ve had pictured here 1,000 times so I didn’t bother. It’s a shame Nissan was hiding it like that, I can’t imagine why.

QCO
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QCO

That’s an interesting observation on the potentially shifting attitude of some manufacturers, especially in the EV epicenter of California.

It’s easy to see anti-EV Chrysler not caring about the 500e, and Ford is known to flirt with EV ambiguity periodically. But when Nissan hides the top selling BEV round the corner, that’s a bit disconcerting.

Warren
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Warren

Sorry, but with the exception of the Toyota NEV, all of these other cars are just that, and will do little to reduce CO2 or our tragic dependence on fossil fuels.

sven
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sven

Huh?

Warren
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Warren

My point being that they are still enormously energy intensive cars.

We have an earth bermed, passive solar house, LED bulbs, have always recycled, and used cloth shopping bags, clean the road we live on, gave gallons of blood, hang out cloths on a clothesline, drive the speed limit in the smallest, most fuel efficient cars. When an affordable EV, with sufficient range is available, we will buy that too.

All of this makes us feel good about ourselves, but it doesn’t come close to reducing CO2 to the extent necessary, in the time required. This would take real sacrifices, which we lucky folks in the developed world aren’t prepared to make.

Aaron
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Aaron

Get a used LEAF. I got a “used” 2015 with 245 miles for $10K off. That’s affordable and about the same as a decently-equipped gas car.

Warren
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Warren

Not enough range. My neighbor across the road can barely make it to town and back. It is hilly around here, and in cold weather she is riding without heat to make it. A Leaf S, with a Rex, for $35K would be great!

Warren
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Warren

Better yet would be a 2000 Honda Insight, with a Leaf drivetrain. That would be good for 110 miles EPA range.

Someone out there
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Someone out there

I really like the Toyota i-Road concept, I hope it will start to spread.