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The Five Leading Hybrid and Electric Cars

16_Tesla_Model_SHybrid and electric cars are among the best cars that drivers need to take a look at when deciding on a car to buy, given their impressive mileage and fuel-efficiency. One of the best electric cars is the BMW i3, which has been said to be a game-changer model. The BMW i3 is not only appealing, but it is also an electric car that is highly drivable. In terms of performance, the car is exemplary and performs just the way it was meant to perform. A real insight into what the future will be is shown by the fact that this electric car has a zero-emissions motor. Hence, it is a great way of minimizing environmental pollution.

Another model worth mentioning is the Vauxhall Ampera, which is similar to the Chevrolet Volt. The Ampera has a suitably futuristic outlook and an 85 bhp power. The petrol engine has a capacity of 1.4 liters and this is coupled with an electric motor of 148 bhp. The theoretical fuel economy provided by this car is around 235 mpg and 27 g/km carbon dioxide emissions. Hence, driving and running the Ampera is easy and cheap respectively.

Another model that is in the top five is Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in electric vehicle. The Outlander PHEV, the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, has reported high sales, not only in the United States, but also in the UK. The headline figures of 148 mpg and 44g/km are the main attraction for buyers. Additionally, at the car’s disposal is a combined 204 bhp. The car’s price is also reasonable, considering its great mileage and efficiency. The refined Outlander PHEV is popular among drivers covering large mileages regularly.

The BMW i8 also make it to the list of the top five best hybrid and electric cars. This is a hybrid SUV that is fun to drive. Powered by a three-cylinder engine, the i8 is a real sports car. It also has an electric motor, which gives a total of 231 bhp enabling a time of 4.4-second 0-62 mph.

Finally, it is also worth to mention Tesla’s Model S, which is a groundbreaking vehicle. Model S is all-electric saloon car with highly innovative battery technology. This car can attain a range of 220-250 miles and is fitted with an all-electric powertrain and rear-wheel drive. If its 3-4 second 0-62 mph sprint time is not tested, the car can even go up to a range of 300 miles. Having mentioned the five cars, it is clearly evident that hybrid and electric cars are the best and are gradually gaining popularity.


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Attractiveness of Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid and its Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai_Sonata_Hybrid_--_03-28-2012Hybrids and plug-in hybrids were considered to be ugly mutts, until the gorgeous Tesla Model S came along. Toyota also came up with its Prius hybrid with the main aim of promoting environmental consciousness. Currently, several automakers have followed suit and launched different hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Among the new breeds are the Hyundai Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Barely distinguishable from their conventionally powered counterparts, Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid and many other hybrid cars are attractive, lush midsize cars. The key features distinguishing these cars from their conventional gasoline-powered counterparts include some additional badging, charging ports and other minor changes.

One of the key benefits of owning the Hyundai Sonata hybrid or plug-in hybrid is that their gas mileage is impressive. It has been projected that the hybrid alone will have a city rate of 40 mpg, a highway rate of 44 mpg and an overall rate of 42 mpg. If these estimates are true, these car’s mileage will be ten percent better compared to previous Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid and almost similar to that of Prius’ second generation. No ratings have been given yet for the new 2016 Sonata hybrid. However, Hyundai has said that the car is expected to have approximately 93 MPGe. With respect to the power plant, the new plug-in hybrid will have a horsepower of 145 and a four-cylinder engine holding 2 liters, in addition to an electric motor of 38 kilowatt. The car’s top speed at electric-only mode will be about 75 mph coupled with a transmission of six-speed.

With respect to the battery, the car comes with a beefier lithium-polymer battery, with peppier electric motors. The capacity will be 13% more compared to the previous version. To create additional space in the boot, it tucks under the trunk floor. This also allows for folding down of the rear seats for cargo. In terms of aerodynamics, the car is even more slippery in the wind owed to changing the design of the front and back of Sonata. The drag coefficient is 0.24, which makes Sonata similar to Tesla’s all-electric Model S. It is clear that the Sonata hybrid will have quite a number of improvements. The plug-in version will be Hyundai’s first of the kind for the automaker and they have said that initial sales will be made only in Oregon and California, then later on in New York, as well as other East Coast states. The ability of the car to run 24 miles on electric power only is its chief attraction.



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