The rising fuel prices and the negative effect on the environment due to the rise in smoke belching vehicles have forced many companies and individuals to develop green cars using the modern technology. These green cars are run using the alternative sources of energy and are totally emission free. These cars may be all-electric, solar-powered, plug-in hybrids etc.
Here is the list of top 5 sexiest green cars designed in 2011
1. Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car
Porsche unveiled its new green car named the 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The exterior of this supercar is made up of light weight carbon fiber. The car is powered by a 563 horsepower, 10,300 rpm engine. The front wheels of the car have electric motors which generate 767 horsepower. Porsche has used its flywheel booster system in the new car which allows this eco-friendly vehicle to store energy when the driver applies break. The energy stored by the flywheel accumulator is used by the 102 hp electric motors. The design of the new hybrid supercar is inspired from the 908 and the 917 released by Porsche earlier.
2. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
German automaker Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new electric vehicle called the SLS AMG E-Cell at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Each wheel of this car has electric motors which are synchronized with each other. The electric motors give a total output of 525hp and 649lbs-ft of torque. The motors in SLS AMG E-Cell are placed close to each wheel in order to make the handling of better. According to the manufacturers, this eco-friendly car can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds. The car can touch a top speed of 130mph in around 12 seconds. Mercedes has used regenerative braking mechanism in this car which recharges the lithium-ion batteries fitted in the car. The battery pack provides power to the car.
3. Lexus GS 450h Full-Hybrid Sedan
Luxury carmaker Lexus unveiled its Lexus GS 450h Full-Hybrid Sedan on September 13, 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Lexus has used its Lexus Hybrid Drive system in this hybrid car. The Lexus GS 450h has a total system power output of 338 hp. This hybrid can touch a speed of 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Lexus is hopeful that GS 450h will get certified as a Super-Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). With its Drive Mode selector, the car allows the driver to select from different modes including normal mode, Eco, Sport S+, Sport S, and EV. The exterior of this car is sleek and stylish. It is spacious from interior and can easily accommodate five passengers. The car features a 3.5-liter engine and an electric motor. Lexus has used the regenerative braking mechanism to increase the fuel efficiency of this sedan.
4. Ford All-New Focus Electric
The all-new Focus Electric was unveiled by Ford in July 2011. The zero-emission Focus Electric is Ford’s first all-electric passenger car. Ford did not release the data related to the fuel efficiency and driving range of the Focus Electric. It is expected that this car will be better than Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. It is expected that the range of Ford Electric would be around 100 miles. The battery of this car can be recharged using a 120-volt cord. The battery requires 20 hours for a full charge. Ford has joined hands with software giant Microsoft to develop internet-based energy management system called Hohm, which will offer value charging to the owners of the Ford Electric. The seat cushions are made of eco-friendly bio-foam. The car features Ford’s in-car communications system named MyFord Touch. Ford will officially launch the Focus Electric later this year.
5. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was shown to the world during the New York Auto Show in April 2011. Chevrolet has used its new fuel-saving eAssist technology in the Eco version, which will go on sale from the summer of 2012. The car has superb fuel efficiency and it is emission free. This sedan can accommodate five passengers comfortably. The Malibu ECO has an EPA rating of 38-mpg highway and 26 mpg in city. The car features a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor-generator. A 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine powers Malibu Eco. Chevrolet has used regenerative braking mechanism in the Malibu Eco.