Hybrid Concepts From Toyota and Honda Roll Out at Geneva Auto Show

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Well, well. Look what those Japanese automakers are playing around with in the hybrid arena. On the left is what some wags are saying could be the next Toyota Prius, but for now it's called the Hybrid X concept, loved by many but called such epithets as "jellybean" and "suppository" by others. Inside this concept car—but maybe not ever making it to the open road in the real world—are electronically-opening doors, energy-efficient LED lights throughout, drive-by-wire steering and touchscreens all over the place. Check out our friends at Jalopnik's extensive gallery of this science fiction-like prototype.

On the right as Honda's creatively named Small Hybrid Sports Concept. It has front wheel drive and was designed by Honda's European research and development center. There was little other information about this little pocket rocket, but you can see more of it in this gallery. More about these hybrids versus electrics, after the jump:

Both of these concepts stick with the combination of internal combustion engine and electric motor, but we were hoping for plug-in models, or completely electric cars such as the Tesla Roadster.

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Even though hybrids seem like a great idea, they're still guzzling fossil fuels from countries that hate America, and then, well, those batteries might cause more problems than they solve when it's time to dispose of them. So we're thinking maybe the solution is for all of us to work at home instead of driving so much. Or ride bicycles.

Honda Small Hybrid Sports Concept and Toyota Hybrid X Concept [Jalopnik]

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DISCUSSION

Make it look as cool as you want... hybrid cars are a half-measure at best, and a gimmick at worst. Hydrogen Fuel Cell power is where it's at.

The electric motors located on the wheels the GM Sequel won't need to be as frugal with power either, due to an onboard fuel-cell-based powerplant actively generating electricity. Vroom.