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.

Next week we’ll have two major auto shows that most of you likely already know about: one in Los Angeles and one in Tokyo, Japan. There is, however, a smaller show that is coming up in China, and that it the 2013 Guangzhou Motor Show . Despite its relatively small size, Lexus has chosen this show to debut the updated Lexus CT 200h .

With just a few days before its official debut, which occurs on November 21st, Lexus has unveiled the first details and a few images of the revised hybrid hatchback.

According to Lexus, the 2014 CT 200h will adopt the signature Lexus spindle grille, newly designed alloy wheels and a revised rear appearance with a "more horizontal structure."

Lexus didn’t give up any of the details on its powertrain, but we expect to see the same hybrid system, with the possibility of a few more horsepower and some fuel consumption improvements. This means you can expect to see a 1.8-liter gasoline-powered four-pot with a pair of electric motors that combine to put down 134 horsepower at least.

Updated 11/29/2013: Lexus announced prices for the 2014 CT 200h, which will go on sale in late January or early February 2014. Prices will start from the same $32,050 as the 2013 model, plus processing and handling fee of $910.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus CT 200h and to see a side-by-side comparison of the 2013 and 2014 models.

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On of our favorite YouTube users, Marchettino, managed to shoot another incredible video. If we are not mistaken, this video shows the first non-red LaFerrari out there and more importantly, it shows it in action at Ferrari ’s famous Mugello circuit.

Marchettino caught the car driving around the circuit during the Finali Ferrari Challenge event, and the company’s test driver Dario Benuzzi, was at the helm.

This video offers up plenty of close-up images and tons of exhaust notes, ranging from its mean idle up to a full-throat sprint. We are pretty sure you will want to watch it again and again, while dreaming of dropping a massive sum of cash to pick up the LaFerrari.

A quick reminder, the LaFerrari features a hybrid powertrain that combines a 6,262 cc (6.3-liter) V-12 engine with two electric motors — one motor powers the driven wheels and the second drives the ancillaries. This system delivers a total of 963 horsepower — 800 delivered by the V-12 engine and 163 by the electric motors — and a peak torque in excess of 663 pound-feet. With this amount of power, the LaFerrari will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

It’s not quite the Toyota GT 86 , but it still has the dimensions of a cute little sports car , possibly even a precursor to a future rival for the Mazda MX-5 .

Or maybe not.

Either way, Toyota ’s Aqua C Air Roadster Concept looks the part of a fun car to drive, even if the reported performance numbers aren’t exactly what you’d call impressive.

As part of the Japanese automaker’s fleet that will be heading to the Tokyo Motor Show , the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept is a hybrid roadster that could very well be a preview of what a future hybrid roadster from Toyota may look like.

Seeing as the concept has been slotted as a B-segment vehicle, the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept only measures 3,990 mm (157 inches) long, 1,690 mm (66.5 inches) wide and 1,440 mm (56.7 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,550 mm (100.4 inches). Doesn’t exactly inspire size and strength, does it?

Nevertheless, the roadster concept is also powered by a sophisticated powertrain that includes a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor. Taken together, the engine can produce up to 100 horsepower, while netting a fuel efficiency rating of 83.2 mpg.

Click past the jump to read about a Honda concept that could be a rival of the Aqua C Air Roadster Concept

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BMW i8

Almost two years ago, BMW and Toyota started talking about a possible partnership and once the papers were signed, they announced the new collaboration will bring a new sports car and new hybrid technologies for both companies.

Now, new details on this collaboration have surfaced online and they only bring good news. Apparently, Toyota’s supercar will be something similar to the previous Lexus LF-A supercar , but with a hybrid powertrain.

This new supercar will explore terrains never hit by the LF-A, like a hybridized V-8 engine. Even though Toyota was the first maker to offer hybrid cars in its lineup, it never had the courage to develop a hybrid hyper-car. However, things are about to change.

Sources suggest that the company is already testing the i8’s carbon-fiber frame , meaning that the two new supercars could also borrow elements from the i8. One thing is for sure though: Toyota Toyota will be the one coming with the hybrid technology since it already developed high-performance hybrid powertrains for the V-8-powered Lexus LS 600h. BMW BMW is also offering a very successful 4.4-liter, V-8 engine in its lineup, and a hybrid system from Toyota will only make it even more fuel efficient.

Everything else on these two new supercars is pure speculation, and there are still tons of question that need to be answered, but for sure more details will follow in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8 - the model that could inspire the new Toyota-BMW supercar.

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Quanta Products from Maryland opened a new division called Quanta Hybrid Performance that will be specialized on developing "products that integrate electric traction motors into conventional internal combustion engine."

The first model developed by Quanta is the Corvette QHP770 and was unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show . The model is based on a C6 Z06 Chevrolet Corvette with the V-8 engine modified to include hybrid technology.

The model includes both hardware and software updates, including two 100 kW YASA 750 axial flux electric motors into the rear differential. These electric motors will take their power from a 400-volt, 30 Ah battery pack coupled through two Sevcon controllers.

Thanks to this system, the new QHP770 delivers a total of 770 horsepower — up from 505 horsepower — and 1,500 pound-feet of torque. We have no details on how these changes will improve the car’s performance credentials, but we expect to see considerable improvements over the base model.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06.

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Phew, let’s take a short break from all of the SEMA craziness to focus on another important auto show: the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

This is where Acura will debut a Sport Hybrid version of the 2014 RLX sedan . The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will hit showrooms in 2014, and Acura will release prices soon.

The model will boast Acura’s Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain that helps the flagship pound out V-8 performance and deliver the fuel economy of a four-pot. This SH-AWD system combines a 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V-6 engine with three electric motors and a seven-cog, dual-clutch auto transmission to deliver an outstanding 377 horsepower. Thanks to its amazing output and all-wheel-drive system, this new model promises to deliver "outstanding handling and all-weather performance capabilities."

On top of the nearly 400 ponies, this RLX Sport Hybrid delivers a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.

No other details were offered on this RLX SH, but the first image reveals that it will look nearly identical to the standard version. We’re sure there will be a few differences that Acura will reveal at a later date, but we only have one image to go off of for now.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Acura RLX.

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The McLaren P1 is a huge step forward for the company and for the hypercar game in general. It represents the pinnacle of McLaren ’s knowledge in creating road cars that integrate the best Formula 1 technology to achieve searing performance on par with the best of the best from Ferrari and Pagani .

The P1 risked being overshadowed during its big debuts in Paris and Geneva, thanks to the concurrent reveals of LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno , which both pack more styling drama and a more artful execution than the P1. Not one to shy away from competition, McLaren is ready for the sales brawl in the hypercar segment with their vision of the ultimate road car.

The difference for McLaren (versus Bugatti , for example) is that this is a make-or-break technical showcase whose failure could threaten the stability of the entire fledgling McLaren Automotive division. The Woking crew needs the P1 to be a real hero car in order for its marketing magic to trickle down to their 12C and upcoming 911-fighting P13 models.

Among the admirable traits of McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is his willingness to make running changes to the models. Following the 12C’s debut, the team bumped the power output, made the engine and exhaust much louder, and re-programmed the stability controls – all in the name of driving pleasure.

Will McLaren implement what they’ve learned from the 12C program to make the P1 a thrill to drive, or just a clenched-fist technical marvel?

Updated 04/30/2013: McLaren has unveiled a new video (above) featuring the new P1 supercar put under extreme testing in northern Sweden. Enjoy!

Update 10/21/213: McLaren has unveiled all of the performance specs for the P1, and that its first buyer took delivery today. See all of the official specs after the jump.

Click past the jump for the full review, the latest images of the P1 in Monaco, and new details on the engineering package.

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The exclusive world of hypercars comes alive in the 918’s dual-mode hybrid powertrain. A snooze though the H word is, one snippet of the above video with both the big V-8 and all electric motors spinning proves the 918 is pure Porsche racecar.

Once in a decade or two, the automotive enthusiasts of this world get treated with the finest the industry can offer. This year, we saw the launch of three unique hypercars from brands that need no introduction; Mclaren, Ferrari and Porsche .

The last time Porsche made a supercar, they went with massive, gas-guzzling engines with insane amounts of horsepower. The age we live in today calls for efficient, eco-friendly motoring unlike in the past. Porsche has replaced the V10 powered Carrera GT with a V8 hybrid they call the 918 Spyder.

In a video released recently, Porsche demonstrates the production powertrain that makes the 918 Spyder such a worthy successor to the Carrera GT .

The buyer’s guide details are even more stunning, with paints far more exotic than ever before.

Click past the jump for all the juicy details you need to order the hottest 918 Spyder on the roads in 2014.

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Honda unveiled the CR-Z in 2010 and for the 2013 model year , it revised its resident sport hybrid with a new front bumper design and a revised grille. The biggest changes however, took place under the hood, where the 1.5-liter, gasoline engine was tweaked to deliver an extra seven horsepower and the electric motor an extra six horsepower.

For the 2014 model year, the CR-Z remains unchanged, except a slightly changed price figure. We were really hoping for a few more tweaks to the powertrain, but at least Honda kept the CR-Z as the only hybrid model with a manual transmission option.

Customers can choose between two different versions: the base CR-Z priced from $19,9952 and the EX trim with a starting price of $21,840. Both models are offered with a manual transmission as standard, but buyers can opt for a CVT. Additionally, buyers can opt for a navigation package in the EX package that increases the price to $23,990.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda CR-Z.

At the 2010 New York Auto Show , Hyundai unveiled the Sonata Hybrid , and the 2014 model that we got our hands on its nearly identical to the debut model.

Regardless of its age — about 40 years old in car years — the Sonata Hybrid still looks pretty modern, with its distinctive front fascia that shows off LED-trimmed headlamps and a wavy front grill. The LED taillights and aerodynamic rims are the only details that scream "hybrid." Though it remains relatively up to date, we do expect Hyundai to reveal a redesigned Sonata line for 2015, including the hybrid model.

The interior is very well-appointed, and only LCD gauges and "Blue Efficiency" button on the steering wheel clue you in that this is indeed a hybrid model. A quick press of this "Blue Efficiency" button, and the Sonata Hybrid awakens from its efficient — boring — mode. The hybrid system is attached to a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system chimes in with an extra 47 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. In all, this system puts down a respectable 200 horsepower, but don’t expect the mid-3,000-pound, midsize cruiser to pin you to your seat.

After some seat time in the Lexus ES Hybrid , we are a little spoiled, but we have to remind you that you get what you pay for. The Sonata checks in around $30,000, and it delivers a premium look and feel. Taking into consideration that hybrid cars tend receive a 20 to 30 percent premium over their gasoline counterparts, the Sonata Hybrid is a relative bargain.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited


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