We hit the road to see the future of cars, and we’ve got photos

Some of the brightest minds, and best ideas, come from the world of automotive design. We traveled to three mega-shows recently to seek out the coolest concept cars, and hear experts pontificate about how we’ll be moving in the decades to come.

Last week we dispatched social media editor Pam Gantt to frigid Detroit to attend the North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show). We landed in between the Press Preview and the Public Show, smack in the middle of the Industry Preview. That means lots of people climbing beneath cars and poking around under the hood.

We’ll spare you the arcane details, but alternative-fuel and autonomous vehicles ruled the day. The sheer number of chunks of eye candy on display was head-spinning. We’ve boiled down the best of the best to 10 photos for our Instagram slideshow. Enjoy!

Earlier this week we went to #NAIAS Industry Preview days to check out the #alternativefuel vehicles on display. There was a lot to take in! These are a few of the highlights of what we saw from the #DetroitAutoShow, in order displayed: 1) #MercedesBenz 1979 280GE cast in synthetic amber on display in front of the #CoboCenter 2) #Nissan X-motion – semi-autonomous electric vehicle 3) 1968 #FordMustang used in the film Bullitt 4) #Ford booth – two floors. The second floor displays the #Fseries trucks which can be flex-fuel capable 5) 2019 #Chevrolet #Silverado LT – #flexfuel 6) Mercedes Benz EQA – concept, #electricvehicle 7) 2019 #Dodge RAM 1500 – flex-fuel 8) #Volkswagen I.D. Crozz – concept, electric vehicle 9) #Lexus LF-1 Limitless – concept 10) #BMW i8 Coupe – electric vehicle #Detroit #cars #trucks #carshow #autoshow #NAIAS2018 #DetroitMotorShow

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This was the second year NAIAS featured AutoMobili-D, a tech-heavy exposition about the way we’ll move. Inside there were over 150 exhibitors ranging from automakers, to suppliers to tech startups, as well as universities and government organizations. Here are the highlights:

This was the second year that the #DetroitAutoShow featured #autoMOBILID – #NAIAS' #mobility focused exposition. Inside there were over 150 exhibitors ranging from automakers, to suppliers to #tech startups, as well as universities and government organizations. Here we've featured our favorite highlights while we were there. 1) AutoMobili-D Atrium 2) #NissanLeaf 3) #GMSURUS – (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure) – the #hydrogen #fuelcell truck of the #future 4) Hella #technology demonstration 5) #FiskerKarma 6) MAHLE e-mobility technologies 7) #Einride T-pod (transport pod) 8) #AirSpaceX 9) Magna Technologies 10) AutoMobili-D exhibitor floor #autoshow #detroitmotorshow #detroit #michigan #cars #vehicles #futurism #transportation #transport

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) in Las Vegas is a showcase for the coolest advances in household gadgets. But over the last few years, automotive technology has been taking up an increasing share of the spotlight, and this year the trend kept surging. Fuel Freedom intern Justin Lu investigated the hype the second week of January, and these are some of the interesting vehicles we captured:

#CES has been known for showcasing the latest technological advances in household consumer electronics. The last few years have increasingly shown more automotive #technology and this year was no exception. We investigated the hype and these are some of the interesting vehicles & #automotivetech we captured at #CES2018 in #LasVegas. 1) #Toyota Concept-i 2) #Nissan IMx 3) #Yamaha Motoroid 4) #nVidia ROBORACE 5) Bell’s #AirTaxi 6) #HyundaiMobis 7) #Panasonic Smart Design Cockpit 8) Mercedes-AMG: Project ONE 9) #MercedesBenz Smart EQ for two 10) #ToyotaePalette #selfdrivingcars #selfdrivingcar #selfdrivingvehicles #selfdrivingvehicle #autonomousvehicles #autonomousvehicle #autonomouscars #autonomouscar #AI #motorcycle #cartech #transportation #automotive #tech

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And for good measure, this week policy manager Gal Sitty strolled through the wares on display at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show. Some of our greatest hits from the nation’s capital:

The #WashingtonAutoShow opens to the public on Friday, January 26 through February 4 this year. We’re here and we had the whole showroom to ourselves earlier this week and got to capture the coolest #cars on the floor. Check out more of our exclusive sneak peek pics: 1) #BMW i8 Coupe 2) Left: 2018 #Chevrolet Traverse; right: 2018 #ChevyCamaro 3) Interior of the #Toyota #hydrogen #fuelcell FCR #conceptcar 4) #Honda Clarities – foreground: #EV; middle: #PHEV; background: fuel cell 5) #ToyotaPrius’ (is plural for Prius “Prii”?)- top right: Prius C PHEV; bottom left: a pair of Prius Primes; bottom right: inside the #PriusPrime (PHEV) looks a lot like the Tesla with a bigger screen and simplified cockpit 6) #HyundaiIoniq EV 7) Top: #ToyotaMirai hydrogen storage tanks; Bottom: Toyota Mirai vehicle insides painted on it’s outsides 8) #ToyotaRAV4 decked out for Olympics Team USA 9) #Nissan #StarWars X-Wing Rogue SUV 10) Toyota Camry Racing Car – fueled by Sunoco racing fuel, driven by race car driver Martin Truex Jr., sponsored by Monster energy drink #DCautoshow #autoshow #carshow #WashingtonDC

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We're in #WashingtonDC today attending the SAE International Government/Industry Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This meeting is co-located with the #WashingtonAutoShow which will not be open to the public until January 26-February 4, 2018. Here's our exclusive sneak peek of the #autoshow: 1) #Chevrolet #Corvette Carbon 65 2) #Toyota #FuelCell Concept Car 3) Row of Classic #Ford Mustangs 4) The intergalactic #StarWars #Nissan 5) Ford's Hank the Robot 6) #Ford Performance Simulator 7) #Ferrari, #Lamborghini, Ferrari 8) #ToyotaMirai fuel cell chassis with battery, motor, and hydrogen tanks 9) #LandRover testing the test track 10) German Embassy announcement that they're only using EVs – VW e-Golf, BMW i3 and smart car #EV.

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