Whether it comes to everyday commutes or blazing speed on the track, the world of luxury electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids has gotten a major charge in recent years. In fact, just about every luxury carmaker on the planet, from Ferrari to Lincoln, has a hot concept in consideration or a car in its lineup that’s powered by a hybrid or electric engine. Here are a few that’ll likely have more than a few buyers considering going green.
LaFerrari GREEN ANGLE: With only 499 models in production, the LaFerrari will fill a void left by the departing Ferrari Enzo. The highly anticipated Prancing Horse ushers in the Italian carmaker’s new hybrid technology, called the HY-KERS system: A 780-plus horsepower V12 coupled with its electric motor generates almost 950 horses. STATUS: All 499 models have been sold.
BMW i3 GREEN ANGLE: Aiming to change the idea of what a green car can be, the all-electric BMW i3 represents a new spin on urban mobility. The sporty compact, designed for driving in city traffic, has a range of 80 -99 miles and about 149 – 211 miles with the BMW i3 with Range Extender. STATUS: Available in spring 2014 in U.S.
Cadillac ELR GREEN ANGLE: Building on the success of the award-winning Cadillac ATS, which has helped redefine the luxury brand, the electric ELR is the next step in Cadillac’s evolution. In addition to regenerative braking, the Cadillac ELR’s paddle shifters allow the driver to store energy in the battery pack for later use to help power the luxury coupe. STATUS: Available in early 2014.
Detroit Electric SP:01 GREEN ANGLE: After a 70-year hiatus, Detroit Electric is returning with the all-new electric sports car that it’s touting as the world’s fastest pure-electric car. The limited-edition two-seater, one of the automaker’s first new models, has a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds. STATUS:Details expected soon.
Porsche 918 Spyder GREEN ANGLE: Designed around Porsche’s hybrid technology, the 918 Spyder represents the future of high-performance cars. Though the main source of power is a 600-plus horsepower V8 engine, even in pure electric mode, the limited-edition model is said to be capable of reaching speeds of up to 93 mph. Top speed with the car’s combustion engine is 211 mph. STATUS: Goes on sale later this year.
McLaren P1 GREEN ANGLE: This high-tech supercar – which will generate anywhere from 700 to 900 horsepower - has a number of innovative green elements: One feature, called “pit-lane charging,” forces the engine into generator mode to recharge the battery in 10 minutes. STATUS: Details to be announced.
Lexus LF-LC Concept GREEN ANGLE: First unveiled as a concept in 2012, the Lexus LF-LC (dubbed the hybrid 2 + 2 coupe) builds on the automaker’s trademark luxury with more aggressive exterior design. The gasoline-electric hybrid is equipped with a V8 engine and generates at least 500 horsepower. STATUS: Production model being considered.
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid GREEN ANGLE: Sporting the same design cues as the popular MKZ, plus a combustion engine, the MKZ Hybrid is a stunning example of why you don't have to sacrifice styling for affordability. The MKZ’s hybrid system is even capable of remembering frequent destinations such as a driver’s home, automatically switching into electric mode when approaching the destination. STATUS: Available now.
Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid GREEN ANGLE: While a bit more understated when it comes to high-end luxury electric vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In is no less impressive when it comes to the advancements being made with green vehicles. Featuring classic Mercedes’ design elements, fuel economy is expected to be above 90 miles per gallon using both a V6 engine and electric motor. STATUS: Expected to be available late 2014.
Tesla Model S GREEN ANGLE: When it comes to luxury EVs, none has generated the interest of the Model S. Known as much for its luxurious high-tech interior as the technology that powers the sedan, the Model S has become a benchmark in the world of EVs, with a driving range up to 265 miles on one charge and a top speed of 130 mph. STATUS: Currently available.