One of the last major automotive events of the year, the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, will open its doors this November to perhaps the biggest gathering of electric and hybrid vehicles to date, with both existing models and concepts expected to take the center stage at the event.
Those attending will get a chance to see closeups of the first two rivals of this brave new world, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. The two big players will be accompanied by less pretentious electric vehicles, like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Toyota RAV4 EV concept.
What even more important for the newest sector of the automotive industry is that, for the first time in history, the Green Car of the Year award nominees list will also be open to electric vehicle. This decision will be strengthened by several others, concerning infrastructure and measures meant to rush the adoption of clean vehicles.
"After years of anticipation, electric vehicles are finally here,"
said Andy Fuzesi, Los Angeles Auto Show general manager. "It may take years for electric vehicles to be accepted broadly, but it's undeniable that an electric era has officially begun."
Until the Los Angeles Auto Show however, another major automotive event is cooking up in Europe. It is the Paris Auto Show, an event which takes place early next month and one which promises, just like the Los Angeles Auto Show, to usher a new era in automotive engineering.
autoevolution will be attending the 2010 Paris Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.