How green cars stole the spotlight at the Detroit Auto Show

The annual Detroit Auto Show provides an exciting look at the current state of the automotive industry and where it's going to go next. From the latest supercars and futuristic concept vehicles to the next wave of green cars, there's plenty of news for fleet managers to digest.

Thankfully, the number of vehicles classed as green cars has greatly expanded in recent years, so businesses looking to save fuel and reduce their impact on the environment have a long list of news articles to go through. 

With that in mind, here's a quick recap of how fuel-efficient vehicles will define both the short- and long-term development of the automotive industry as presented at the Detroit Auto Show. 

Chevrolet Bolt represents affordable green cars

The Bolt will be a practical entry to the electric car market.

While there is plenty of positive sentiment directed at the rise of green cars, they aren't always the most affordable vehicles for fleet managers to secure. There are a range of hybrids that fall on the more affordable end of the spectrum, but businesses looking to secure fully electric cars haven't had access to the same variety, with premium options like the Tesla Model S dominating this segment.

The Chevrolet Bolt looks like it will be the hero in this case, with the brand promising the price could get as low as US$30,000. According to Chevrolet, the Bolt will be a practical entry to the electric car market, with the hatchback possessing an estimated range of 320 kilometres. 

Audi sets its sights on a renewable future

Representing an important development for the future of green cars, the Audi h-tron quattro concept car shows just how far some manufacturers will go in the quest for zero-emission motoring. 

The concept is an illustration of Audi's engineering focus and an important look at how the German marque will meet consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. The h-tron quattro combines fuel cell (hydrogen) technology with an electric engine on each axle, ensuring its power is delivered safely and efficiently. 

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Ford proves green cars are the key to the enthusiast market

As one of the most anticipated new cars of 2016, and arguably the star of the Detroit Auto Show, the Ford GT proves there's no reason for enthusiasts to believe the green cars revolution will mean the end of exciting performance vehicles.

Whereas in the past supercars like this would be propelled by thirsty V12 or V8 engines, Ford has chosen to equip the GT with one of its EcoBoost engines. These options sacrifice the bigger displacement of other alternatives in favour of smaller engines augmented with turbochargers.

With the EcoBoost engine finding its way into a number of vehicles across Ford's range, fleet managers will also be able to make the most of the technology.