American luxury car brand Cadillac has unveiled the 2014 version of its eco-friendly hybridELR model at the Detroit Motor Show. There are many manufacturers in the market that offer hybrid cars that will overwhelm us in the future, but this Cadillac certainly stands out with its breathtaking appearance.
2014 Cadillac ELR
The Cadillac ELR is GM’s luxury version of the Chevy Volt. The Cadillac ELR will come with 207 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque, compared to the Volt’s 149 horsepower and 273 ft-lbs of torque. The Cadillac ELR also gets an extra 5 kWh added to its battery pack to handle all the extra luxury features, like the Cadillac CUE infotainment system and motorized cup holders.
A T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator, the ELR functions as an electric vehicle for the first 35 miles and then switches on to a hybrid mode. The car is able to travel 300 miles without a recharge.
This hybrid Cadillac comes with regenerative braking modes, LED headlights, a CUE infotainment system and an extravagant interior.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but is expected to be in range from $55,000 to $70,000 when it goes on sale next winter.
2011 World Car of the Year – Nissan LEAFNEW YORK, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Today, at the New York International Auto Show, the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was named 2011 World Car of the Year, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. Today’s award is the latest in a string of accolades for the world’s first affordable mass-market, all-electric vehicle for the global market, which was also named European Car of the Year.
“It is a great joy that the world’s first, mass-marketed electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, has won the prestigious award of 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “This accolade recognizes Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling to gas-powered cars. And it validates Nissan’s clear vision and the values of sustainable mobility that we want to offer to customers around the world.”
Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Experimental Electric CarRolls-Royce will take a big step towards bringing to market an electric vehicle, debuting an electric version of its flagship Phantom model at the Geneva Motor Show in just over a weeks time. Called 102EX (EX stands for experimental), the fully electric powered car is planned by Rolls-Royce as a test platform for a possible future electrification of the range. The model will become, historically, the first EV (Electric Vehicle) intended for the high-end luxury segment of the automotive industry.
Essentially a Phantom 102EX is a test bed which will be used to gather feedback about consumer acceptance of alternative powertrains. As part of this process, VIPs (owners, enthusiasts, and members of the press) will get the opportunity to test drive the car at a number of locations in Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. The full technical specifications for the electric Rolls are still under embargo and will be releases prior to the Geneva Motor Show.
Takayanagi Miluira Retro EV Electric Car
While most of today’s electric vehicles struggle to keep up with their internal-combustion engined equivalents, the Takayanagi Miluira Retro EV boasts an unparalleled styling approach inspired by 1920s automotive design. With 90% parts made in Japan, this one uses a 70Ah lead-acid storage battery which charges up with a 100V in 12 hours. With a 22 mile charge, the Miluira delivers a top speed of 37mph, not enough to drop a load of G force on your laps, but good enough to get you around.
Takayanagi’s first commercial single-seated electric vehicle, Miluira, has an exorbitant price tag of ¥6.3 million ($75,000) and is scheduled to begin deliveries as early as March 2011, but the company is already taking orders so if you want one, you might as well hurry up.
Lamborghini Minotauro Design Concept
Andrei Avarvarii, a student at Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design, with assistance from Lamborghini’s design head Filippo Perini, designed this incredible electric 2020 Lamborghini Minotauro concept. The duo worked to achieve three different goals: 1. Aesthetic goal – Explore soft shapes for a new Lamborghini design language, 2. Technical goal – Redefine the Lamborghini supercar as an electric vehicle and 3. Functional goal: Integrate the new vehicle in the reality of the year 2020.
The Minotauro has two asynchronous 75-horsepower (56-kW, 76-PS) electric motors at the front that provide 30% of the car’s power, and two 175-horsepower (131-kW, 177-PS) electric motors at the rear. The system runs on a Cerio Li-Tec Flatcell battery, with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System also in place.