The roaring, and rumbling automobiles of today are making the way for the metamorphosed hoopties. The once upon a time uninspiring (but proficient) and neglected eco-cars have made a stunning comeback with rousing, speedy and whirring electric and plug-in hybrids.
The looming technology has given green cars a new spark of life. With falling battery prices and fast charge network spreading out, (design) green cars are once again becoming the favorite.
Toyota Prius, the most iconic hybrid of our times, redefined hybrid cars with incredible aerodynamics and distinctive styling. Who would have thought until then that what were considered as drearily dull designs, would crawl off the drawing boards of automobile companies’ to rule the world! Now auto makers are coming up with some mind boggling concepts of an energy efficient sports car. A car that would cheat the wind with a punch of few buzzing electrons. Just like BMW i8.
Latest in BMW i range, i8 is an advanced powertrain that has shook the sports car market. Sitting behind the back seats, a 1.5 liter- 3 cylinder petrol engine is combined with a 129 bhp electric motor. The twin power of a petrol engine and electric motors redefine the driving experience. With 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and top speed of 155 mph, no noise of the outside world can touch your world.
Porsche Cayenne Plug-in
Not to be left standing, Porsche has brought its hybrid sports car into being. With a 150-mph sports utility vehicle, Cayenne, Porsche has pieced together a plug-in hybrid for a family-friendly experience. While automobile industry is still hovering over the all cars will go hybrid puzzle, Porsche is moving slow in the direction with Cayenne plug-in. A 95 horsepower electric motor combined with a 333 hp, 3 liter V6 engine, Cayenne can be taken to 20 miles on electric power. With combined petrol and electric power one can easily drive 50 miles per gallon.
Outlander plug-in Hybrid
The hybrid version of 2001 7seater Mitsubishi Outlander is a plug-in that can accommodate 5 people. The plug-in hybrid has two 60- horsepower electric motors each for an axle and a 121-hp, 4-cylinder gasoline engine. That means – 44 mpg. With Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, Mitsubishi has given families a great eco – friendly crossover sports utility vehicle.