hybrid cars

hybrid cars

  A hybrid vehicle uses multiple propulsion systems to provide motive power. This most commonly refers to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, which use gasoline (petrol) and electric batteries to power internal-combustion engines (ICEs) and electric motors.

It goes without saying that the Lexus CT 200h is about as unique a car you can find for a hybrid hatch . Lexus has done a lot of work to bring out the best of this model in the past few years, even adding the unique spindle grille styling for the 2014 model. But even that wasn’t enough for the company because lo and behold, we now have the CT 200h F Sport.

The graduation from the standard model to the one with an F Sport stamp of approval is mostly limited to aesthetic and aerodynamic changes, but the difference between the two is pretty drastic, particularly on how sportier and more aggressive the front section of the CT 200h F Sport looks. Those inserts really do a lot to bring out the hybrid’s menacing look, right?

We certainly think so, and that’s one of the reasons why we think highly of the model, other than its obvious performance and efficiency numbers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport.

Okay, we’ve seen Porsche , BMW and Audi all experimenting with hybrid and electric cars , which is okay. But now things are getting a little more upscale in the electrification of luxury cars to help boost mpgs without losing performance and comfort. The latest of the entrants is Bentley with its Beijing-bound Hybrid Concept, which is little more than an electrified and copper-accented Mulsanne . Hey, if you’re gonna reveal a new hybrid engine, then why not show it off in your flagship sedan?

The details are still a little scarce on the Hybrid Concept, but Bentlry did let us in on a few details. We know that the hybrid drivetrain will carry the same 6.75-liter V-8 gas burner as the base model, but with electric motors added to boost fuel economy and output, while decreasing CO2 emissions. According to Bentley, this drivetrain bumps fuel economy up by 25 percent and guts CO2 by 70 percent.

What’s more, this drivetrain is in Bentley’s future plans, and it will slowly make its way into every Bentley vehicle.

we expect to hear more about the car following its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 20th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Bentley Hybrid Concept.

Much has being made about the BMW Concept X5 eDrive following its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Shortly after its debut, a prototype was seen testing out on the road. Now, a refreshed version of the concept is headed to the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Whether this is a production model labeled as a concept or simply another prototype is a question that only BMW can answer. For the most part, there have been a few changes from the first concept we saw back in September last year.

What we do know is that there appears to be a future for the Concept X5 eDrive at some point. It may not be in the coming months, but years down the line, we expect this vehicle to be out on the road. The hybrid, luxury SUV market is still growing, and its only a matter of time before BMW jumps into the picture and announces its plans to be a strong competitor in it.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW Concept X5 eDrive.

Jay Leno’s garage is never short on amazing vehicles with loads of historical or performance pedigrees melded into every component. But Jay’s latest guest car is a vehicle with loads of future potential for the mainstream market, though it’s not much to look at.

Starting with a stock Euro-spec Ford Focus , the folks at Ricardo replaced the car’s standard 2.0-liter Duratec inline four cylinder with a 1.0-liter I-4 with a few tricks up its sleeve. The engine features a regular turbocharger, along with an electric supercharger in a setup much like the McLaren P1 . (Ricardo helped develop the battery management software for the P1) Designed as a torque fill, the supercharger is powered by electricity stored in super capacitors. Once the driver hits the gas, the supercharger responds within 200 milliseconds, providing boost until the turbo spools up. Once the turbo is pressurized, the supercharger is turned off.

A belt-starter generator running off the engine powers the super capacitors. And because the 1.0-liter is has a stop/start feature, the capacitors also power the belt-starter generator to restart the engine.

Perhaps the two most impressive aspects of the HyBoost system are its efficiency and overall cost. The old 2.0-liter engine averaged around 32 mpg, but the HyBoost improves on that by an impressive 47 percent – meaning the new powertrain achieves roughly 47 to 50 mpg and nearly 60 mpg highway. Then there’s cost. Somehow, Ricardo is potentially able to include this system in a car for roughly $1,100 over its original sticker price.

Though the powertrain is more efficient, it hasn’t given up any performance over the larger 2.0-liter. The setup makes 143 horsepower at 5,500 and still runs the same 9.2-seconds to 60 mph.

We wouldn’t be surprised to find this technology making its way into products in the next few years. As Jay points out in the video, nothing on the car is break-through technology. All the components were pre-existing, so it’s proven technology and should be easy to manufacture.

Of all the cars that have entered Jay Leno’s Garage , you can make a case that very few are as advanced technologically as the Porsche 918 Spyder . The hybrid supercar from Stuttgart recently paid a visit to the comedian’s auto lair and, as expected, Leno raised some serious hell with it.

But before he got a chance to take the 918 Spyder out on the road, Leno had a pretty interesting discussion with the 918’s Client Relations Manager, Daniel Eastman.

Among the many topics discussed by the two, some of the more pertinent highlights of the discussion centered on just how much of a technological marvel the 918 Spyder really is. Whether it’s the fact that it can hit 70-plus mpg or that it can still hit 900 horsepower, despite being that fuel efficient, the 918 Spyder is really the best of both worlds. It’s an achievement that flies in the face of those who believed you can’t achieve one without sacrificing the other.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of those cars that will be talked about decades from now; a true crowning moment for Porsche that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

And in case you’re wondering, Leno took the 918 Spyder for a drive with Eastman riding shotgun. Some guys are just blessed...

Toyota ’s history with the 24 Hours of Le Mans goes way back to 1985, but, to the automaker’s dismay, the Japanese have yet to clinch an overall win. It was close though, scoring second-place finishes on four occasions.

Toyota’s earlier efforts ceased after the 1999 race, right before Audi rose to power to become the fierce "oppressor" that won 13 out of the last 14 events. Yes, we’ve included Bentley ’s success from 2003 as well, because the Speed 8 was nothing but an Audi R8 underneath.

With the Germans sweeping just about anything in their way, Toyota returned to Circuit de la Sarthe in 2012. Itsweapon of choice, the TS030 Hybrid , failed to finish, sending team engineers back to the drawing board. The 2013 evolution of the race car was more competitive, but Toyota Racing had to settle with second place once again.

Fortunately, Toyota’s not willing to give up just yet, and the Audi - Toyota prototype class war will see another battle this year. In fact, it’s going to be a three-way, because Porsche will be returning to France, after 16 years, with their latest hybrid machine - the 919.

Anyway, Toyota won’t be fielding an updated TS030, but a brand-new vehicle. Dubbed TS040 Hybrid (no surprises here), the new TMG-developed LMP1 car will be quite different. And we’re not talking about the fact that it’ll be narrower, as required by new FIA regulations, it will also benefit from all-wheel drive.

It appears the Japanese are keeping the gasoline-electric drivertrain, with the naturally-aspirated V-8 motivating the rear wheels. For 2014, however, an Aisin electric motor will be spinning the front axle, while a DENSO inverter will be in charge of sending energy to a super-capacitor during braking. Nothing too fancy to today’s standards, but competitive enough for endurance racing .

Toyota will field two TS040 Hybrids in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Championship. The driver lineup will remain unchanged, with Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin sharing duties.

The new race cars will make their first public appearances at FIA’s official test session at the Paul Ricard Circuit on March 28, so make sure you stick around for additional details.

Updated 03/27/2014: The new Toyota TS040 Hybrid made its world debut today at Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France. Check out the new specs and images revealed at the event!

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid.

We’ve heard our fair share of rumors surrounding the upcoming 2016 Nissan GT-R , but this one takes the cake. This leaked photo from a Japanese car magazine (above) not only reveals what the car probably looks like, but also important details about its new hybrid powertrain. The most impressive being its projected 800-plus-horsepower output.

Nissan had already confirmed a hybrid powertrain for the next-generation GT-R late last year, though the company was tight-lipped about its specs. Now with this handy piece of evidence, we’ve learned the car will likely retain the current 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine — though heavily updated to produce some 580 horsepower — while employing a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) to provide an extra 250-horsepower kick.

580 + 250 = 830 horsepower AWESOME

The extra horsepower should help the GT-R scoot to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a 211-mph top speed. What’s more, it’s said Nissan won’t price the GT-R astronomically higher than the current car’s $101,000 sticker. Expect prices to range between $120,000 and $150,000.

Be sure to check back with TopSpeed for any other developing information regarding the new GT-R’s road to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

Source: 7Tune

Lamborghini has no plans to enter the hybrid supercar market, which means that dreams of a Lambo taking on the Porsche 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari can now be put to rest. Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann put the kabosh on ice, saying that there’s no way a supercar market can sustain building hybrid exotics and expect them to be produced as normal production cars. It’s a niche market for the time being, and the obscene price tags attached to these models is not, in Winkelmann’s words, "fulfillable at the time being".

“What you see now — and I don’t want to be, let’s say, finger pointing — but what you see now in the world of the hybrids is not something which is going to be in normal production cars; due to cost, or due to weight if the cost is a normal one,” Winkelmann told CarAdvice.

Feasibility is a big thing for Lamborghini and the idea of building a hybrid supercar just isn’t one, especially when it’s in the business of selling as many of its already awesome naturally aspirated exotics like the Aventador and the recently-launched Huracan .

Tacking a million-dollar price tag on a hybrid supercar isn’t a market that’s sustainable even if P1 and the LaFerrari sales go through the roof. In some ways, the car’s exclusivity is what’s making these sales figures rise up. But if Ferrari or McLaren decide to offer the LaFerrari and the P1 as normal production cars, it’s going to be difficult for them to maintain a significant market of customers willing to pay that kind of premium.

That kind of thinking is more than enough reason for Lamborghini to do away with thoughts of joining the party. If the costs go down and interest is still there, then Lambo could probably change its mind, but for now, it’s not a road Winkelmann is comfortable leading Lamborghini to.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan

Source: CarAdvice

The Golf lineup is one of the most versatile in the world. If you take all of the engines available, you’ll find that it has gasoline, diesel , CNG and electric models available in the global market, but there are still some holes to fill, according to VW. These holes include the plug-in hybrid segment and the fuel cell market.

Well, the former will be filled as of the 2014 Geneva Auto Show — the fuel cell variant is still in development — as Volkswagen has prepared the Golf GTE, which is a plug-in hybrid that bridges the GTI and e-Golf . Volkswagen built this bridge by taking small elements from both the e-Golf and Golf GTI, and tossing them all into the GTE model.

This little German hatchback is ready to put the world on notice, most notably the BMW i3, that the time is now to start developing new technology.

So, does the GTE live up to all its hype, or is it simply another sub-par plug-in hybrid that has no rear benefits? Click past the jump to read more about the Golf GTE and find out what I think.

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers have yet again captured the 3 Series Hybrid out in the wild – this time, with even less camo on. The recharging door just aft of the driver-side front tire is clearly visible. Even with the missing camo, the 3 still sports its “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door; eliminating all doubt of this car’s future green intentions.

Like we said before , not much is know about the hybrid system that BMW is employing here, but our best guess is something similar to what the X5 eDrive was testing with: a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion battery pack. In the X5 application , the combo was good for a 0 to 60 time of less than seven seconds. An all-electric range of roughly 20 miles and a reported average of 62 mph combined when both systems worked simultaneously.

The 3 Series Hybrid would likely outperform its SUV brethren, as its lighter weight and lower center of gravity would help it achieve better fuel consumption numbers and better times around a track.

With all these pictures surfacing, it’s highly likely that BMW will bring a hybrid model to its wildly popular 3 Series lineup. Only time will tell, however. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the latest spy photos and info as it becomes available.


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