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Electrified vehicle roundup (photos)

These days you can't throw a stick at a car show without hitting an electric or electrified car. We've rounded up the best from the 2011 Detroit auto show.

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Porsche 918 RSR concept

When 563 horsepower flowing through the rear wheels isn't enough, the 918 RSR has two more electric motors on the front axle that can supply an electric boost at the touch of a button.
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Tesla Roadster 2.5

Tesla had an example of its Roadster 2.5 that featured a custom paint job.
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Tesla Roadster 2.5

The two-tone white and red paint featured an electric graphic scheme.
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Tesla Roadster 2.5

A second Tesla featured a trunk-mounted ski rack, although we're not sure that's a great idea considering cold weather ususally reduces an EV's effective range.
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BYD E6

Over in the Build Your Dreams (BYD) booth, the automaker was showing off a selection of its green vehicles including this one, the BYD E6.
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BYD E6

The E6 is a multipassenger vehicle (MPV) that should transport up to seven people in electric silence.
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BYD E6

The E6 features two motors, one in the engine bay and one on the rear axle, that output a combined 268 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
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BYD E6 charge station

Range is estimated at 186 miles, after which you'll need an 8-hour charge from this charger.
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Smart Escooter and Ebike

What has four wheels, carries two passengers, and runs on pure electricity? Here's a hint, it was in Smart's booth.
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Smart ForTwo electric drive

Well, yeah. The ForTwo electric drive fits the bill, but that's not exactly what we had in mind.
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Smart Escooter

The Smart Escooter and Ebike are concepts that explore even smaller candidates for electrification than the tiny ForTwo.
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Smart Ebike

The Ebike can be pedal-powered or motivated by flowing electrons.
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Smart Ebike and Escooter

Both the Ebike and Escooter feature iPhone docks on their handlebars that serve as instrument clusters.
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Honda CR-Z Hybrid R concept

Okay, this is the third time we've seen this guy and it's not fully electric, but the Honda CR-Z Hybrid R concept is still pretty sweet and definitely electrified. In fact, its electric-assist engine gets a power boost over the standard CR-Z.
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Honda Fit EV

Also on display was Honda's Fit EV, originally released at the LA Auto Show.
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Honda Fit EV

The grip may look different from display to display, but most of the EVs and PHEVs shown connect to their chargers using the SAE J1772 standard connection.
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Ford Transit Connect Electric

Ford was offering indoor test rides in its Transit Connect Electric and Focus Electric on a raised and tilted track.
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Focus Electric

Ford's Focus Electric actually debuted at CES 2011 last week, but was also presented in Detroit.
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Ford C-Max Energi

The C-Max Energi benefits from a parallel hybrid power train nearly identical to that of the Fusion Hybrid. However, there's also a new lithium ion battery pack.
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Tucked in the back of Ford's booth was a trio of electric Mustangs.
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Boss 302 slot cars

However, there's something wrong with the scale. Ford has showed off this elaborate slot car track at a previous auto show, but we still had fun sliding through the turns.
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Li-ion Motors Wave

Li-Ion Motors had a pair of vehicles on display. The first is the Wave, which can reach up to 90 mph, has a range of up to 200 miles, and charges its lithium ion battery pack in about 7 hours.
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Li-Ion Inizio

With a top speed of 170 mph, Li-Ion is calling its Inizio the world's fastest all-electric supercar. Granted, it's probably the only all-electric supercar.
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Venturi High Voltage Buggy

Venturi's High Voltage Buggy features a carbon fiber chassis and shell create a bug-eyed appearance.
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Venturi High Voltage Buggy

Power is rated at 295 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Range is estimated at 190 miles and can recharge, with an external booster, in about 3 hours.
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Audi A6 hybrid

Audi gets bitten by the electrification bug with the announcement of a hybrid version of its A6.
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Toyota Prius V

Toyota's Prius gets plural with a trio of new models, including the Prius V: a larger, multipassenger version.
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Toyota plug-in Prius

Additionally, the standard Prius gains a plug-in version for those who want to maximize their electric motivation.

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