Saab Areo X in Hangar E
Text & photos Remy Chevalier :: April 27th, 2006

This afternoon, colleague and New York Times writer Jim Motavalli and I were invited by Pierre Kanter of Fred Mackerodt and Kathy Hamilton of GM media to entertain the notion of a 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds 400 horsepower purely driven by ethanol prototype built by Saab, now owned by GM. The car certainly has style, and deserves attention, although it would do better with a high fashion model posing next to it than two aging automotive reporters in great need of a spinning gym!

So far this is still but a concept skin, with its share of quirts and whims. But its lines are brilliantly designed by Alex Daniel, who was there to greet us, and who sits by the car beside Jim behind the steering wheel. This took place at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY in the appropriately titled Hangar E.

We shared the opportunity with a photographer from Car & Driver. It's nice to see the old automotive magazine get on the ethanol bandwagon. At Electrifying Times we certainly support all alternative fuels that are derived from molecules that don't double as a poison. Ethanol is the same molecule as the one in booze, so this is a good opportunity to introduce our readers to CocktailOrganico, a blog I started specifically to tackle the issues of sustainable ethanol production.

It will be awhile before this design, or a real production car inspired from it, will reach our highways. But it feels nice to dream, about the way things could be, if GM turned a new leaf and embraced green car culture. Leaving gasoline behind and never turning back, can't be that bad, can it? GM needs something really spectacular now to impress the first adopter market.