Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy

Alternative energy news, and information about renewable energy technologies.

Feb 18

Hybrid Just Got Sexy: BMW Hybrid Sports Car

Posted in Energy Industry | Hybrid Cars | Transportation

BMW Hybrid We all know that sooner or later all automobiles are going to be either hybrid, electric or hydrogen powered. The one drawback that many of us look at is the overall appeal of the cars. Very few models that are being put out are really all that attractive. For those of us that like to put the pedal down every now and again, there are very few options to consider. That is about to change in a big way. BMW has recently hit the board with their prototype that is just flat out sexy.

This is a hybrid sports car that will hopefully hit the market in 2013 and it is unlike anything else on the market. Having access to 356-horsepower and 4.8 second 0-60 speed has speed freaks sitting up and taking notice that there may actually be a car out there that is both economical and fast.

The 63 mpg tag that it boasts is absolutely unreal in terms of conservation. The combination of electric and diesel offers mileage that is up there with pure electric cars. The difference here is of course the design. This car looks like it belongs on the race track instead of the local BWM showroom floor. The big question is whether it will ever come to fruition or not.

Just how committed is BMW to producing a car such as this and how much will it cost? According to a variety of sources, BMW expects to make up to 10,000 units, but a price tag has yet to be determined. Based on their ActiveHybrid 7, figure that it will cost well over $100,000 for the right to sit in the driver’s seat of this machine.

While it is great to see a company like BMW put a product like this on the market, it is even more exciting to see the image of the dull and goofy looking hybrid shattered. Most hybrid and electric cars are hardly aerodynamic or built to be aesthetically pleasing. This new BMW hybrid sports car release shows that we can have the best of both worlds. It will truly bring in a new era of hybrid and electric car design.

If the car is released as expected and meets with success, it will surely open up a whole new niche. Up until now, the high end electric sports car has been a market that few companies are willing to take a chance. For some reason, it is as though auto makers think that just because we like to go fast, we could care less how much fuel we are burning in the process. Now there will be an opportunity to tear up the roads and keep some cash in our pockets.

  • Chris Hooymans

    Internal combustion? – diesel powered? – that’s what we call exciting and innovative?. – sustainable? – I can’t really see that the word “sustainable” really applies here. More of a marketing ploy to let rich people pretend to be green with their new toy. I have to admit it looks pretty sexy. 100K = money well wasted.

  • Mia Connolly

    Sexy in sooo many ways! I want one!

  • Jerry2665

    356-horsepower and 4.8 second 0-60. This is a hybrid? I want one too.

  • Boneheaded1

    Yes Chris, Diesel powered. Diesel is way better than conventional petrol engines in terms of efficiency. They also provide good torque at low rpm’s. Run this thing on biodiesel and I’d say it’s pretty sustainable. Of course it will be expensive. It’s a BMW and it’s new technology and lightweight materials. But I’m glad to see someone is doing is right. Next step is a gas turbine hybrid.

  • Ryan

    How much gas would you have to use to make that expensive purchase worth it?

  • mic

    Make cars efficient and efficiently as possible but sustainable they will NEVER be. Cool car though!

  • Max

    Of course, the real problem with electric motors isn’t getting enough acceleration; it’s getting little enough acceleration. Pure electric will go 0 to 60 fast enough to crack a few ribs.

  • Jambon

    You must remember Chris that indeed the rich people who do buy such a car ARE being green as BMW must abide by the Kyoto protocol and the new EU Co2 legislation… If they don’t and this isn’t a green car you can say bye bye to the name BMW as they will most probably have spent a lot of their resources on this and get acquired by another group. Just wish I was one of the rich ones 🙂

  • Gjuro Car

    Let face it!

    If hybrids, electric or hydrogen cars cost so much the list of clients will be very short. What we need is CHEAP and affordable clean car. This will happen only when Chinese and Indians enter the global market with big number of cheap and affordable units. I already read about the full electric Chinese sedan car for less than $20.000 and there is another car from Croatia (steel on the drawing board) which will sell for less than 15.000 euro.

  • Brandon

    Holy crap this is a very sexy car I can just see myself rolling up to school in this but that also depends on the cost. how much are these cars?

  • bmw

    y don’t we just build a nuclear car? cleaner energy just like the subs.

Man Converts Toyota Prius into Motor Home

Toyota Prius Motor Home

It’s Friday, so we figured it’s time for a little humour. James Lawler, a Landscaper from Torquay Australia, has built himself a mini-motorhome atop his Toyota Prius Hybrid. The project

Green Cars in 2015 (Infographic)

Green Cars

Considering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be

Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid

Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid

In tune with its focus on continuing with combining hybrid attempts and smaller size, Honda is offering another hybrid – the smallest and cheapest. This fall, Honda’s Fit will

Kia Crashes the Green Car Party with the Kia Hybrid Car

Kia Crashes the Green Car Party with the Kia Hybrid Car

Remember when Kia first hit the market and other car manufacturers were laughing at them? Well, they haven’t been laughing in quite some time as Kia continues to put

Range Rover Sport Hybrid by 2012

Range Rover Sport Hybrid by 2012

In close association with sister company Jaguar, Land Rover has been working a hybrid system to improve the brand’s eco-conscious image. Land Rover has recently declared that they are

FedEx Establishes First All-Hybrid Facility in NYC

FedEx Establishes First All-Hybrid Facility in NYC

Now the prestigious and successful business units are competing to become green in their operations. FedEx Express which is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation expressed its commitment to

Modified Hybrids to be Tested

Modified Hybrids to be Tested

CSIRO is an Australian research organization. CSIRO is working in collaboration with Victorian energy distributor SP AusNet. They both are aiming to evaluate the impact and benefits of plug-in

Power Electronics could make Hybrid Cars Cheaper

Power Electronics could make Hybrid Cars Cheaper

Hybrid cars are often known as “cars of the era.” The main feature of the hybrid car is that when we start the car engine, electrical energy is used.