Top 5 Luxury Electric Cars
With more car buyers looking for environmentally friendly vehicles, car makers are answering with an increased offering of electric vehicles. These battery-powered machines come in many shapes and sizes, but it seems like most electric cars are simple in design and don’t offer the high-end features that some car buyers crave. To put it simply, not every electric car buyer wants a Toyota Prius.
For those car buyers who want to help save the planet while driving in style, there are options. Luxury car makers like Cadillac, BMW, Porsche and Audi have jumped on the electric car wagon with impressive and environmentally friendly options.
Here are five of the top luxury electric cars on the road today.
With a tech-heavy cabin, stunning looks, athletic handling and a revolutionary powertrain, the Tesla Model S is one of the most dynamic vehicles in the luxury hybrid class. While estimated to get 94/97 mpg, the EPA reports that the 2013 Model S can also go 208 miles on a charge with a 60 kWh battery pack, which is exceptional for an electric vehicle. While some cars sacrifice ride quality for agility, the Tesla Model S remains comfortable and composed over imperfect roads.
The 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury electric coupe is more environmentally friendly than your father’s Cadillac, yet still just as sporty looking. The coupe’s Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology provides a driving range of 340 miles, which is enhanced by Regen on Demand, a green technology that allows the driver to generate energy from the vehicle’s momentum, turning it into electricity that can be stored in the battery pack for later use.
If the gas-powered Porsche Panamera impressed you, now you can have it with a green twist. The S E-hybrid gives 20 or more miles of electric-only operation before the supercharged, 333-horse, gas engine cuts in to maintain a preset minimal level of battery charge. This means if you forget to plug in your car the night before, the car will recharge it itself, on the fly in approximately 20 miles of light cruising.
Not only will the Audi A3 e-tron come packed with cabin tech options, including a built-in 4G/LTE data connection and the ability to see which parking garages have empty spaces, it can reach speeds of 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds on electric power. Moreover, once in motion, the A3 e-tron will intelligently figure out what you want from accelerator input, electric only or hybrid. The e-tron, Audi’s first plug-in car, is set to hit the road sometime in 2015.
While the BMW i3 and BMW i8 are both electric, their differences are striking. The lightweight i3 is made of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, with the drive module mounted underneath, eliminating the need for a transmission tunnel and allowing for extra seating. The i3 is practical. The i8, on the other hand, is a turbocharged, high-performance machine that can go from zero to sixty in under five seconds.
– By Tim Alan