volkswagen e-up! concept – a small lightweight all electric urban vehicle with solar panels on the roof image via autoblog

the frankfurt auto show is currently underway and has so far featured a number of new cars with a distinct focus on sustainability and size. running from september 17th through to the 27th the show allows spectators to see the cars of the future and some concept designs that may never hit the road. one of this year’s major themes was a focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, many of which were compact bordering on tiny. here is a small selection of vehicles that were unveiled during the show.

http://www.iaa.defrankfurt auto show 09: small and greentoyota auris hsd full hybrid concept – compact hybrid set for production in 2010 with solar panels on the roof image via autoblog

frankfurt auto show 09: small and green renault zoe – zero emission electric car for single driver image via autoblog

frankfurt auto show 09: small and greenhyundai ix-metro concept – a compact hybrid car with an aggressive design and futuristic interior image via autoblog

frankfurt auto show 09: small and greenreva nxg – all electric vehicle that charges in an average of 8 hours or a 90 minute quick charge image via autoblog

frankfurt auto show 09: small and greenabarth 695 tributo ferrari  – special edition fiat 500 with a number of upgrades including a180hp 1.4-liter 16-valve turbo engine image via autoblog

frankfurt auto show 09: small and greenpeugeot bb1 concept – unusually shaped concept car with solar panel on the curved glass roof image via autoblogfrankfurt auto show 09: small and greencitroen revolte – a modern version off the classic 2cv with 3 seats, hybrid engine and cabrio roof top image via autoblog