Dozens of alternative vehicles were displayed this weekend in Paris, at the eight annual Challenge Bibendum, sponsored by
. The vehicles address one or more of the toughest issues facing personal mobility:
, safety, and congestion. The vehicles on display, from major auto manufacturers and individual inventors, ranged from the all too familiar hybrid-electric and
vehicles to CNG-fueled
and futuristic looking oddball
. While every vehicle on display offered a potential solution to some of the challenges facing the automotive industry (like the
), there is clearly no breakthrough which would resolve all of the problems. The head of
fell cell program believes the fuel-cell vehicle will eventually lead the pack over all the other technologies, however, he does not expect Nissan or its competitors to build a truly market-ready fuel-cell vehicle for at least another decade.