Change is inevitable, and technology hits the sweet spot. Technology has an innovative solution for the fuel crisis and it should be interesting because, the better the technology, the lesser Washington’s bid farewell to your pockets.
Alternative fuel sources have become essential for the vehicles we use and improved fuel efficiency has become a necessity and hence, alternative fuel is definitely worth considering.
With various car brands bustling the bust streets of the world, there are various new car entrants that focus primarily on the simplest of aspects that the customer would like to entail in the vehicle of his / her choice and the most basic and prominent feature would drive us towards the hybrid cars. There are numerous hybrids, plug-in hybrid cars, battery-electric and diesel vehicles already in production. While some of these cars are built for specific markets, various states have realized and adopted the zero emission vehicle mandate (California) also known as ZEV states. While, there is still a “work in progress” on the Automakers front to curtail the oil consumption expenses and reduce greenhouse gases, the demand for the currently trending hybrid cars is rapidly increasing.
Without further ado let’s take a look at 10 highly anticipated Hybrid cars in 2015 from some of the most popular brands in the world.
10. Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid 2015:
The XC 90 is one of the more popular SUV’s found on American roads. Making an enticing presence at the Paris Motor Show, the XC 90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid that is getting ready to roll out with a unique plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric drive train and puts a unique blend on combustion in front and electricity out back with its “on-the-fly all-wheel-drive system” along with the supercharged and turbocharged variants (2.0 liter four-cylinder “Drive-E” model) that crank up 316 horsepower, the XC 90 T8 will have an 90 hp electric motor powering up the rear with around 472 lb-ft of torque. This SUV is most likely going to be commanded by the latest eight-speed automatic transmission.
Once the driver selects the “all electric” mode, the vehicle would enable the all-wheel drive SUV to run on battery power and would deliver a mileage of approx 25 miles. The Lithium powered Li-ion battery pack (battery capacity unspecified) on this SUV will not consume passenger space and it should be one heck of a deal. The company is yet to take a call on designating this new SUV with a 2015 or a 2016 plate.
Although there is more to it than meets the eye with this Hybrid Volvo SUV, it is anticipated that the T8 would cross the $ 50k benchmark.
9. Acura NSX 2015:
Honda’s Luxury vehicle segment, Acura has created a strong presence in the United States since March 1986 and its cars have a concoction of Luxury and Performance infused with a whole lot of style.
Soon to join the Acura family (late 2014 or early 2015) is the long awaited NSX that would supersede the original NSX that was discontinued since 2005. The new hybrid high- performance comeback is set to have a mid-mounted V6 mated with a high performing version of the 3-motor Sport Hybrid System that was found in the Acura RLX (2014 version)
What’s unique about this car is that one out of the three electric powered motors will power up the rear wheels and the other motors will manage the front wheels. Also, this car would look like it just hit the gym with a stunning aluminum like light body along with fuel efficiency. This sporty beast will carry a starting price tag of $ 1, 10,000*/- (Base model) and is set to target major rivals like Ferrari and Audi.
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According to NSX development Chief, Ted Klaus:
“We have to achieve the type of acceleration that the customer is achieving with the Ferrari,' More importantly we have to achieve this every day and also at the Nurburgring. However, the intention is to keep Honda's new petrol-electric hybrid supercar more affordable than the 458. 'I think we are aiming within the range of the Audi R8, I realize that is a wide range but the NSX will still be extremely accessible”
8. Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel:
Chevrolet has also entered into the Hybrid car wars with its Bi-Fuel Impala expected to be launched during the fourth quarter of 2014, this full size sedan offering from Chevrolet would operate on natural gas and is set to join hands with Honda’s Civic Natural Gas as one of the only Factory Built CNG capable Passenger Vehicle.
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Built for you, Backed by GM, this car will come in two trims, the LS and LT sharing the same 3.6 liter V6 engine along with hardened valves and valve seats to maximize durability when operating on CNG. When in default mode, this car will run on its 7.8 gallon CNG till it gets drained out and then would automatically switch to gasoline. A button mounted on the dash would allow the driver to keep a track of the fuel modes and s/he can manually shift them too. Although the mileage estimates are awaited, GM says that the Bi-Fuel Impala should deliver around 150 miles on the CNG connection and an additional 350 miles on gasoline and is set to deliver around 500 miles (which is pretty cool)
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The 2015 Bi-Fuel Impala would start at $38,210 including destination.
7. Tesla Model X 2015:
Tesla Motors are all set to launch their first Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) that combines the design aesthetics from the Model S sports sedan and shares most of its parts too. However, this is going to be the first “all electric crossover” and the first “over head opening doors (falcon wing)” model from Tesla, Elated Much??
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The Model X sounds pretty wicked; the company is going to come in several trim levels with a 60-kWh and 85 kWh battery packs. Since the tall crossover vehicles reduce the aerodynamic efficiency, the Model X is going to be a tad smaller but it is going to include the latest technology on board.
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The Performance trim level Model X will cover 0 to 60 in 4.4 whooping seconds. Tesla also asserts that the Model X will have the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world just like its sedan cars.
How Much for this CUV? Well, the Model X should start at around $ 71,000 (Base model) and works its way up to $ 1,00,000 (Performance model)
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In case you are interested in buying the Model X, you can leave a refundable deposit of $5,000 for the base model or $40,000 for the Performance model at your nearest Tesla outlet.
6. Volkswagen E-Golf:
Volkswagen will be introducing its 115 horse power electric motor enabled E-Golf that delivers 199 lb-ft of torque . This battery powered “peoples car” is a five door hatchback powered by a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack fitted under the floor and rear seats. This car will have a top speed of around 87 mph and once charged at 240 volts can run up to 93 miles (4 hours charging time).
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Volkswagen has decided to launch this vehicle in around 10 ZEV states initially to analyze its performance. This hatchback is most likely to carry a price tag of $ 36,265/-
5. Audi A3 E-tron Plug-in Hybrid 2015:
After Audi had conducted its tests on the all electric A3 hatchback, the company decided to launch a plug-in-hybrid. The power train particulars of this car include a mighty 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder gas engine (@ 150 HP) as well as an Electric motor (75 HP) that gets its power from an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This Audi takes 3.5 hours @ 240 volts to charge and the electricity range on this vehicle is estimated at 31 miles (approx)
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The E-Tron will launch in the US in “early 2015” with a base MSRP of $ 29,900 and the Sports back E-tron will carry a price tag of $51,100.
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http://www.caricos.com/[/caption] This Audi accelerates to a speed of 0-100 in 7.6 seconds and covers a top speed of 222 km/h. While driving in electric mode, this car offers 31.07 mile average and its average fuel consumption is just 1.5 liters (gasoline) per 100 kilometers. Sounds intriguing!! [caption id="attachment_3159" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Source: http://www.caricos.com/[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH0hC5MlLzA 4. Mercedes Benz S-Class Plug-In Hybrid 2015: As an expansion plan, Mercedes is increasing its S-Class lineup and seems to be gearing up for 2015 with a plug-in hybrid version. Soon to join the S400 Hybrid and the S 300 Blue TEC hybrid models is the S500 Plug-in-hybrid that features the extremes of technology, innovation and bringing about an efficient driving experience. [caption id="attachment_3160" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Source: www.greencarreports.com[/caption] The twin-turbo charged V6 engine along with a high voltage 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery powers this brutal force on wheels. Mercedes has added a super-compact electric motor that covers the place of the seven speed automatic’s torque converter and delivers absolute driving pleasure. [caption id="attachment_3161" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image Source: www.caranddriver.com[/caption] There are four drive modes that allow the driver to choose between Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save mode that uses less electricity and more gasoline and the Charge mode that charges the battery while driving. This car has the innovative recuperative braking system that cuts a fine line between the conventional braking systems. Appalling news is that Mercedes and BMW are working “together” on a wireless inductive charging system that can be expected soon (hopefully with this ride too). This is for sdure one of the best Hybrid cars 2015 The expected price of the S-Class hybrid is around $ 1,10,000*/-. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn6MIMnYdr0 3. Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid 2015: If you have pretty deep pockets, Porsche is set to excavate a hole in them. The 918 Spyder Plug-in-Hybrid is a limited edition Porsche and limited enough to carry a price tag of $ 850,000 [caption id="attachment_3162" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Source: www.caranddriver.com[/caption] The 918 Spyder will get an interestingly powerful power train consisting of a 4.6-liter V8 rated at 608 hp and a pair of electric motors (one front, one rear) with a combined rating of 279 hp all of which will be linked to the wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. [caption id="attachment_3163" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Source: www.greencarreports.com[/caption] The Spyder will glide the roads at a maximum speed of 198 mph and would deliver 0-60 in 3.2 seconds (With that kinda price, it sure feels like getting the taste of speed) and with the all electric range that covers a range of 18 miles at a speed of 93 mph, this is one car that would redefine hybrid speed and is definitely one of the best Hybrid cars of 2015! 2. Hyundai Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) As a part of a pledge, Hyundai Motors was one among the many car manufacturers that promised to abide to the air quality regulations to its consumers as well as the government by initially targeting Asia, Europe as well as North America. [caption id="attachment_3164" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Source: insideevs.com[/caption] You can soon expect fuel-cell electric vehicles in the retail market by Hyundai mostly by the year 2015. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid from Hyundai is anticipated between 2015 and 2016 and is expected to offer a lot more than fuel economy. This car will have a larger battery pack and many more promising features. [caption id="attachment_3165" align="aligncenter" width="2400"] Image Source: en.wikipedia.org[/caption] The Sonata will have a 185 HP (2.4-liter four cylinder) as well as the 245 HP (Turbo charged 2 liter-four cylinder) engine versions. However, with all that power comes a hefty price tag. The plug-in Sonata will be closer to $32,000 than to the unplugged hybrid's $26,810 starting price and is certain to deliver a good mpg. [caption id="attachment_3166" align="aligncenter" width="1395"] Image Source: www.hyundailikesunday.com[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHpyDTbIoDg 1. Toyota FCV 2015: [caption id="attachment_3147" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Image Source: http://www.toyota.com/fuelcell/[/caption] Man... So it was not the Tesla to be rated the Best Hybrid cars of 2015!... Toyota had also been a part of the “fuel-cell pledge” and kept up to its promise by launching an impressive fleet of promising fuel-cell electric Highlander SUV’s for quite some time now. The first fuel-cell vehicle design that was displayed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor show is set to go retail. The “Fuel Cell” equipped vehicles would generate electricity through a chemical reaction that takes place between hydrogen and oxygen that powers the vehicles motor, allowing it to gain speed. Hydrogen replaces gasoline and is an eco friendly method that can be produced from plenty of raw materials. [caption id="attachment_3148" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image Source: http://www.toyota.com/fuelcell/[/caption] The first ever sedan with fuel cell technology has only a few specs that are official but, you can expect this car to cost around $ 69,000 and should be able to get you across 310 miles with a tank filled with hydrogen and the car should be able to deliver 65mpg mileage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjE50WJQnWw