The latest trend that is been religiously followed by every other automobile manufacturer around the globe is of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs). This sudden transmogrification is a result of declining oil reserves and alarming pollution levels, especially the carbon footprint. The aforementioned version allows reduce our dependence on oil as a primary source of power as well as help in reducing the environmental pollution. In addition, there are several other advantages associated with these vehicles over conventional ones like better fuel economy, lower fuel cost and latest technology. Letâs have a look at some concept hybrid vehicles for low emission commutes:
1. Cadillac Ciel
Cadillac Ciel is a perfect blend of beauty, performance, power and statement. General Motors plans to give Rolls Royce a hard time in the market where they are strongly positioned with this beautiful art on four wheels. This hybrid car offers an exceptional fuel economy and lower emissions. It was first unveiled on 18 August, 2011 at the Pebble Beach Concours dâElegance, California and since than it has been one of the most anticipated cars of 2011.
Powered with a powerful 3.6 liter V6 twin turbocharged engine that is capable of delivering 425 horsepower. In addition, it is fitted with lithium ion battery and advanced suspension systems for a smooth ride. It is a convertible four seater fully laden with functions and power. The wheelbase of 125 inches with alloys and elegant front makes the overall car look quite impressive. Surely, Cadillac Ciel is high on luxury and comfort with low carbon emission.
2. Chevrolet MI Ray
The 2011 Seoul Auto Show saw the launch of exalted Chevrolet MI Ray, a concept by the iconic automobile manufacturer General Motors. This will be a complete hybrid car, the design of which has been inspired from Chevroletâs racing car 1963 Monza SS. What we have is an avant-grade, purely aerodynamic design powered with a dual-motor of 15-kilwatt and 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Chevrolet MI Ray is expected to deliver an exceptional fuel economy of 60 mpg without ant carbon emission. The exterior of this automobile will be fabricated using premium quality carbon fiber and carbon reinforced plastic. For a durable make, the complete framework of it will be composed of aluminum.
3. Jaguar C-X16
Welcome the flamboyant and stylish hybrid Jag C-X16 for a driving experience like never before. The British manufacturer drew some inspirations from the aerospace industry to come up with an aerodynamic design, exceptional handling, excellent fuel economy and faster acceleration hybrid car. For enhanced durability the entire framework is crafted in aluminum. Jaguar C-X16 is powered by a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine that can deliver 376 horsepower that too with 332 pound feet of torque.
On switching on the electric motor, you get an additional 92 horsepower at 173 pound feet of torque. This racing mean machine has eight speed gearboxes and can easily reach 0-60mph within 4.3 seconds. The tested top speed of Jaguar C-X16 is 186mph and a carbon emission of 165 grams every kilometer.
4. Toyota FT-86 II Concept
In the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota introduced Toyota FT-86 II Concept, which is all set to enter production process in 2012. This car will also have a sister, if the reports are to be believed. Toyota FT-86 II is a rear-wheel drive car powered by 2.0 liter petrol boxer engine along with 4 cylinders. The exterior of this concept has been designed using F1 technology to ensure exceptional aero-dynamism and mean sports car look. This is a 2+2 coupe and measures 4.23 meter in length, 1.79 meters in width and 1.27 meters in height. The expected price of this ultimate race machine will be around Prices will start from $25, 000.
5. Peugeot HX1 Concept
The last one on our list comes from the French automaker Peugeot HXI Concept with the latest diesel-electric hybrid technology. This vehicle offers both speed and space to carry up to six people. It features a pair of electric motor along with an internal combustion engine. The all wheel drives assures of superb performance both on road as well as off road. Equipped with the latest cutting-edge 2.2 liter turbo-diesel unit and six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 204 horsepower.
The electric motor is capable of delivering 95 horsepower, taking the total power of Peugeot HXI Concept to 299 horsepower. In addition, there are several designs on the body of this concept car such as flaps that optimize the aero-dynamism for maximum speed. What is more remarkable is the claimed fuel economy of about 73 mpg, which is really impressive.