A premium car with astonishing design, super stylish interiors, and the first ever electric hybrid offering from Cadillac- we present to you the brand new 2014 Cadillac ELR. Operating on electricity for a little over thirty miles (thirty seven), and hence switching the gas engine, the Cadillac ELR is quite like the Volt from Chevrolet. The major differentiating factor lies in its pricing making the former a whopping 41,000 USD dearer than the Chevy Volt. The Cadillac ELR range begins from 75,995 USD, which definitely puts the compact coupe in the premium car section. Let us now take an in-depth look into the car specification.
Now when we talk about electrical hybrids, the Chevrolet Volt is bound to come up pertaining to its ground breaking technology. Post 3 years of the launch of Volt, General Motors came up with a much more extravagant variant of the already popular sedan, its luxury coupe the Cadillac ELR.
Design, Styling and inside out amenities:
Living up to Cadillac’s design standards, the ELR is no exception depicting a perfect combination of science and art. The much elegantly designed coupe, typically recalls the concept car. The pretty distinguishable grille, short front, high beltline, rear overhangs and a greenhouse shape all can be related to the idea of a concept car. The cutline and creases have been included in proportion and purposefully, making this hybrid coupe a class apart from its peers.
Complementing its exteriors, the car interiors, not only looks chic, but also is sumptuously spacious. The coupe come with sport bucker front seats, comfortable rear seats which in turn can be folded for that extra bit of space. The cherry on the cake is the leather finish of the seats.
If you are music lover, the Bose A 10 audio system with noise cancelling technology is bound to leave you mind boggled. For that extra bit of driving support like driving range, energy used, entertainment alternatives, charging options, the ELR has been equipped with power steering and driver focus system, with an 8 inch long reconfigurable instrument and display panel.
Another of the ELR’s USP lies in its pluggable hybrid powertrain, which is an improved version of its predecessor, the Chevrolet Volt. Here the primary source of power is the electrically charged motor while a smaller gas engine takes effect power the former drains out. The dual motor system generates a cumulative 207 HP along with 295 pound-feet of instant torque.
Pretty much like other hybrid vehicles, this luxury coupe depends on the EV settings optimally prior to changing to the engine. The power deliverance is pretty much smooth like the Volt. It offers a fuel economy of 33 mpg for the gasoline engine and 82 mpg for the EV mode.
To conclude, if you want a ride that leaves behind a mark of luxury, a long chain of gasping individuals, a decent enough dent in your bank account and all of that in the most eco friendly way possible, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is just your machine.
Thinking of investing in a car that not only provides good value for money, but also is an eco friendly option? If so think no further. Two options from Ford and Toyota Lexus namely Fusion Hybrid and RX Hybrid will match you needs like never before. For the matter of fact these two cars have been recognized as the most desirable options under hybrid vehicle category. Another car that too is being critically acclaimed this year along with RX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid is the Chevrolet Volt from General Motors. These three cars have already made a mark this year and is quite an excellent purchase. Let’s look at the cars independently to get a better idea on why they are a must have.
Ford Fusion Hybrid:
Off late the market is mushrooming with hybrid vehicles globally, hence putting a lot of competition on automobile manufacturers to provide nothing but the best. Among the lot, the fusion Hybrid sedan from Ford sure has set a mark with just the right combination of seamless and refined hybrid system. With impeccable fuel economy, quite spacious and stylish interiors, and almost undetectable powertrain, the car sure is giving its peers run for their money. The 2014 version of the hybrid come with an electric motor and 4 cylinder engine offering excelling fuel efficiency. This sedan also comes with a larger trunk size quite handy in accommodating larger items.
Toyota Lexus RX Hybrid:
Bagging the award for this year’s most popular SUV that provides value for money, the Lexus RX Hybrid is here to stay. Not only is its cabin roomy, sophisticated and comfortable, but also the spacious cargo area is an add-on. In terms of fuel efficiency, this hybrid is a good pick coming with electric motors and V6 engines. CVT or continuous variable transmission feature of this car helps to optimally utilize the engine. It also comes with an optional infotainment system, leather made upholstery, ventilated and heated front seats, HD Radio, fifteen speaker audio system from Mark Levinson, rear and front parking sensors along with back view camera and a navigation system.
Apart from its two new color options and leather covered steering wheel, the brand new volt from Chevrolet hasn’t changed much from its previous variant. Another major change that has left the loyals surprised is the amazing price drop of 5000 USD from 39,995 USD to 34,995 USD. The powertrain of this model, called a series hybrid offers new feature of directly clutching the engine to transmission. This in turn assists the motor by providing a torque. Since it’s an electric car, you can completely forget any gear changes; the ride is smooth with a effortless torque. Unlike its peers, you can drive the Volt all the way, only by filling it up every three hundred miles or so for ten minutes. Claiming itself to be General Motors most advanced car technologically, the Volt can be plugged in any electric grid to recharge the battery (16 kw-hr lithium ion).
Now, that you know about the cars in dept, you can go ahead and make your pick
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid comes with several unique features and it will be a good buy taking into consideration the performance it delivers on the road.
Exterior features- so far there have been seven versions for the 2013 Porsche Cayenne and the S Hybrid is one of them. It comes with heated power side mirrors, heated water nozzles, rain sensing wipers, water repellent front windows and an independently opening rear window located in the power tailgate. It also includes 18 inch aluminum wheels, LED tail lights, LED turn signal lights, LED running lights and automatic headlights.
Interior features- the S Hybrid is built with partial leather seats on the inside. Apart from this it has floor mats, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, automatic climate control and the seats are really comfortable where you will get the feeling of a couch when you sit. There is an analog clock which is placed in the dashboard and there is also a small refrigerator to carry chocolates and drinks. The interior also includes a reversing camera display, auxiliary audio input jack, CD and MP3 player, an amazing stereo with a 7 inch touch screen facility and a standard Bluetooth system. This model has the ability to hold 62.9 cubic feet cargo when the rear seat is folded down and 23.7 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat.
Optional features- the best part of this model is that you will be able to upgrade it any time you want. It has a wide range of paints, the aluminum wheels reaches to 21 inches in diameter and you will be able to change the interior color as well. The exterior trim can also be changed according to your wish. There are three types of audio which this model offers such as 1000 watt Burmeister high end surround sound system with 16 speakers, 585 watt Bose premium sound system and a 235 watt CDR Plus audio system with inbuilt iPhone and iPod connectivity and multiple USB ports. While buying you can choose any one of these audio systems although the price would differ according to the choice you have made. In addition to this there are several other option features as well such as it can be equipped with rear seat entertainment system, navigation system, online services with Aha Radio for accessing Facebook, full smart phone integration and satellite and HD radio.
For better control the S Hybrid has been added with 4 zone automatic climate control along with Alcantara inserts in the sport seats. These seats are subject 18 way power adjustment with ventilated front seats and heated front and rear seats. The heated steering wheel and the one push start button enables the car to start immediately when you press the button. There is also a mechanical air suspension which has self leveling and ride height control. Overall the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is a car worth investing in and it has the power and the ability to run a long distance without any difficulty.
Electric cars are becoming the hot favorites these days for car lovers. After the introduction of these cars they have become popular in a very short period of time. There are many reasons why you should buy an electric car right away. Given below are some of the reasons:
Zero air pollution- zero air pollution or ZAP is basically the type of future which we would want and it can be achieved through the usage of electricity instead of fuel. When electricity is used in transportation it not only keeps the air pollution free but you would not have to spend for the fuel and the electricity can come from a wide number of sources such as solar cells, wind energy or geothermal power which are renewable resources.
Save gas- gasoline is very precious to the world economy and is one of the most valuable natural resource as well. The ZAP vehicles would not require any gasoline thus doing a great help for gasoline.
Save money- if you are using electric cars then you will be able to save a lot of money. We all know that the price of gas is increasing day by day and it would be better to switch over to an inexpensive format rather than spend so much money on fuel. In fact the electric motors are much simpler than the normal motors.
Save time- parking shortages and traffic congestion is very common these days but if you have an electric car then the work will be much simpler for you.
Help the economy- using electric cars would help to reduce dependence on foreign oil and this would benefit the economy by a great deal. The money spent in import and export of oil can be spent in some other sectors.
Combat global warming- the carbon emissions from the fuel are the main sources of global warming the depletion of the ozone layer. With electric cars there would be no question of any kind of fuel which would help to make the environment a cleaner and a better place to live in.
Protect the environment- the reduction in the use of fossil fuels would relieve the pressure of the natural resources. Natural resources are being used in leaps and bounds and if this trend continues then the world would be forced to use electric cars.
Social responsibility- electric cars are the most advanced forms of transportation and by using these types of cars you would be useful to your society as you may be the first of many people to start this awareness of ZAP.
Fun- electric cars are really fun to ride as they do not have any exhaust, vibration and produce very little noise. In addition to this they also offer a unique sensation while riding. They are basically smooth and fast.
Protect the future- with the environment getting filled by so many pollutants it would be great if you select electric cars as it would be a big step to protect the future of mankind.
The Lexus ES 300 h is the latest addition to the Lexus ES line and it is a luxurious sedan which car lovers would definitely favor. Two of the main reasons why this model is becoming so popular in a short period of time is because the price is more affordable now and secondly more and more people are trying to experiment with the gas electric variant.
This model comes with an Atkinson cycle engine of 2.5 liter along with an AC synchronous motor and generator both of which has a permanent magnet. The 2AR FXE engine sits at the heart of the whole system and has the ability to shred the parasitic drag as much as possible. This entirely belt less design was first seen in 2014 and now it has been redesigned similarly in this model. The Hybrid Synergy Drive shares same platform which is used by Avalon and Camry hybrids and the only difference is that the weight of the ES is 250 pounds more than those models. This does not affect the performance of the car. The engine has the ability to power up to 156 HP and utilizes it in the compression ratio of 12:5:1. The power pulses of the ES 300 are merged with 2 electric motors via a computer control. The first motor will be mainly driven by the generator which would recharge the battery pack. It will also help in the starting of the gas engine when the car stops or starts to function. The other motor will be responsible for adding power to the drive as it would supply 142 HP which is equal to 105 kw at 4500 rpm and a torque as high as 199 lb ft at just 500 rpm. The fuel economy has been improved and you will also be able to utilize the electric power steering along with the electric water pump. Since there are possibilities for the electric motors and the gas to hit the peak in different points the system power has been fixed at a flat two hundred and there are no specifications for the peak gas electric torque. The weight of the battery is not excessive as it only weighs 108 pounds and the best part is it is 1.6 kWh liquid cooled battery which would be present in the rear part and not in the front thus making the rear part heavier than the front which is ideal for any car.
There are three modes in which the driver can drive this car and they are the EV mode, Sports mode and the Normal mode. The modes can be changed easily with a single button. The interior of the ES 300 is elegant and pleasing to the eyes and it will assure you a comfortable ride every time. The wheelbase has been increased to some extent from the previous models and the interior also has some extra room to make it comfortable when you sit.
The Tesla Model S has been highly regarded by those who have already seen and with the features it comes with it deserves to get the appreciation. The doors of this model do not squeak and the windows are leak free. Although the rear of the headroom is slightly smaller than what it should have been but it cannot be considered as a drawback in any way. The seats are really comfortable and the model is some way resembles a model of the Jaguar. The central display is like a giant iPad and you will get all the menus there which makes it easy for the driver to drive safely and access anything without being careless. The stiff structure together with a long wheelbase makes it easier for the driver to take turns easily. For a better cosseting ride the air sprung has been made softer and gentler and you can practically feel it like a mattress. Some of the unique features of this model are as follows:
More than one stand alone options
Two trim packages
Two inboard chargers
Three battery packs
Two motor power levels
This model also uses a liquid cooled AC motor which has the ability to produce 362 HP and 325 lb ft of torque with 16000 rpm and if there are additional windings then it would be able to produce 416 HP and 443 lb ft of torque. The base model would come with an 85 kWh lithium ion battery pack which would enable you to go 300 miles outright but if you want you will be able to buy both 60 kWh and 40 kWh packs later which would enable you to go 240 miles and 160 miles respectively. Depending on the voltage ratings and the amp you will also be able to decide the cut recharge time which normally varies from eight to four hours. This model could have been lighter but due to the 7000 cell battery which has been installed under the floor the weight has increased to quite an extent. This however does not affect the performance of the car. The driver would have the freedom to choose the steering boost levels and also the air spring suspension. The only point that can be taken as a drawback in this case is the half ton monolithic battery which would be just below the foot of the passengers giving them a feeling of sitting on a granite slab. The interior has been made in such a way so that the passengers and the driver do not feel anything when there is a bumper. This model also has five doors and an option for seven seats and the dashboard is made of glass with multicolor display screens. As said previously you may change the power of the battery depending on how long you drive but the base model will give you the option for the 300 miles which was advertised. The model is already launched and you can get the price for your area from the internet.