Category Archives: Luxury Hybrids

As the world becomes increasingly “green”, automobile hybrids are unveiled regularly. Exotic cars are slower to embrace hybrid technology, as it entails the development of new technology to ensure that the overall power of an exotic engine does not suffer. Large government incentives and an awareness of our environment and resources are fueling these developments and changes. These changes are interesting to observe as the development of future technology inches forward, on a more environmentally-friendly road.

Tesla Model S Sales are Electric after just 18 Months

The electric car revolution is happening slowly but surely. Case in point: Tesla sales were at 25,000 for the Model S after just 18 months on the market. The snazzy electric sedan successfully outsold its predecessor, the 2008 Roadster and is serving as an indicator for the current and future market for the electric powertrain.  Tesla unloaded a staggering 25,000 Model S electric sedans. The sales have led many to question if the electric revolution has begun?  The Tesla Model S electric sedans are born in the Fremont plant located in California. California is notorious for its acceptance of all … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Combats Stealth Problem with Electric Car Engine Sounds

Electric and hybrid powertrains—they are all the rage in both standard and exotic autos now. There is a long list of both pros and cons for new technologies, as is to be expected. Mercedes-Benz is combating the problem of electric cars being to silent by adding some artificial engine sounds. Electric car engine sounds can be added to the mix to factor out accidents with pedestrians.  So why is a silent automobile an issue? Imagine strolling across the street and never hearing a car come around a corner. Because vehicles can be lethal, auditory enhancements are being made to electric … Continue reading

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Ferrari Believes in Prancing Hybrids, Not Electric Horses

Ferrari is not joining the fast track toward all-electric vehicles. Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo stated the following about his opinion on hybrids vs. electric cars: “I don’t believe in electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids.” That sentiment was made very clear with the introduction of the insanely powerful LaFerrari hybrid this year, which pushes out 950 Prancing Horses. While hybrids are a new road for the Ferrari badge, make no mistake—future hybrids produced will likely match or surpass the $1.34 million dollar price tag of LaFerrari. Ferrari is focused on quality over quantity, and is on … Continue reading

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First-Ever Land Rover Diesel Electric Models

The first-ever Land Rover diesel electric models are here: the Range Rover Hybrid and the Range Rover Sport Hybrid. The names, while lacking a certain creativity, communicate precisely what the luxury SUVs are. These up-and-comers will be at the Frankfurt Auto Show and will be available overseas shortly thereafter. An official U.S. launch date is unknown, as we are a bit slower to accept alternative powertrains, California exempt.  The Range Rover hybrids at a glance: Both pack a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 diesel engine paired with a 35kw electric motor and an inverter Lithium ion battery pack Floor mounted battery, does … Continue reading

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California Gets a Charge From Electric Cars

Tesla is not considered to be a household name, but that idea may be changing. The brand has silently become a bestseller in the state of California, where their electric powertrains are better accepted than in other areas of the country. Tesla stealthily becomes a bestseller in California  Tesla trails behind only Mercedes-Benz and BMW for sales in the first half of 2013. The Tesla Model S is now the third bestseller, with the Mercedes E-Class coming in first and the BMW 5-Series second. The Model S certainly seems to be the little electric car that could–unloading a staggering 4,714 … Continue reading

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The 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Deliveries Begin

BMW is poised to release its first-ever electric luxury car on July 29th, 2013. The long-awaited 2014 BMW i3 electric car will join its thirstier siblings and offer up something new for clients while opening up full throttle with a new niche for the BMW brand. While European deliveries for the i3 began in November, they are just starting stateside. The 2014 BMW i3 at a glance: 70-100 mile electric-only power range There will also be a range-extended version made available with a twin-cylinder gas engine derived from a motorcycle. This will offer backup comfort for those with range anxiety. … Continue reading

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Lexus LFA Tribute Video Hints at Successor

The Lexus LFA was the very first supercar created by the company. It was an international sensation, an impressive first attempt packing 560 horses and a lofty $375,000 price tag. Since it has been a few years, Lexus has released an LFA tribute video to remind us of its awesomeness. The video also hints that there will be more Lexus supercars to come. It has been a few years since the launch of the Lexus LFA supercar. Now the company has released a tribute video to remind the world of its talents and hint at a future luxury supercar. The … Continue reading

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BMW i3 EV Shows More of its Electrified Body

BMW has been taking off more and more camouflage, revealing previously unseen parts of the elusive new plug-in i3 EV. This marks the next level version of the hybrid formerly known as the ‘Mega City Vehicle’ (MCV). The BMW i3 EV is a hatchback and should be emerging from obscurity to full production form quite soon—possibly by the end of the year. BMW i3 EV continues to shed camouflage in a sort of slow striptease The BMW i line is geared toward an environmental and urban approach at the luxury car. The i sub brand is smaller, futuristic, and capable … Continue reading

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Which Mercedes Benz Models Were Awarded for Being Green?

Not one, but two Mercedes Benz vehicles have been acknowledged for their environmental endeavors! Both the ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic and the B200 Natural Gas Drive have nabbed the title “Winners in Green” from Auto Test. Auto Test is a popular German auto magazine and the environmental auto ranking is published annually. The Mercedes ML250 BlueTec and the B200 GNG were both named “Most environmentally friendly” in their class by Auto Test. Criteria for the green award include fuel consumption, emissions, manufacturing conditions, recycling and the environmental systems of the manufacturer. This is the second year in a row that … Continue reading

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Tesla Electric Model S Doing Burnouts Like A Boss

Who says an electric car cannot do burnouts like a boss? Check out this Tesla electric Model S tearing it up just like a muscle car! It may boast a battery, but this beast can still deliver, hitting the 0-60 marker in 4.4 and the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds. It may not be a Ferrari, but it is certainly something different and aggressive! The Tesla Model S electric car surprises with looks, electric capacity and a bit of unexpected power! Tesla Model S specs: 60 kWh microprocessor controlled, lithium-ion battery Rear-wheel drive Liquid-cooled powertrain includes battery, motor, gearbox and drive inverter … Continue reading

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