It isnât often one gets invited to participate in a revolution of the future, but thatâs just what OMSI did. âDrive Revolution: The Future of Transportation,â a car showcase at OMSI on Saturday, July 13, was our local science museum's way to allow the Big Three and their Eurasian cohorts to show off their vision of the four-wheeled âfuture of transportationâ to bike- and transit-loving Portlanders. Without us, the sensible candle in the darkness of obsessive technophilia, who would keep these Ayn Rand-worshipping industrialists in check? Who would finish the tofu at the eventâs well-stocked lunch buffet?
Does it feel like the future? The Fit EV has one of the better-designed displays, turning a satanic red when put into the more aggressive âSport Mode.â Its 118 combined miles per gallon was the highest everâfor a couple months. How drearily unfuturistic.
What the PR people say: âIt has the most advanced electric motor and battery available. And you can control the air conditioning and charging from our iPhone or Android app.â - Chris Martin, Honda spokesperson.
Does it feel like the future? It took a good three seconds after I pressed the Start button to actually turn on. I thought the future was supposed to be fast.
What the PR people say: âLots of people are into hyper-miling. Itâs a cult-like contest for who can hit the highest MPG. Weâre proud of the seamless integration of our technology, including an app you can download.â - Mark Angelacos, Toyota spokesperson.
Car2Go Head2Head: It took an hour in the bathroom to clean that Prius smugness off my face. No thanks.
Toyota Prius image courtesy of Toyota. All other images by Mitch Lillie.