Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Top Most Expensive Eco-Friendly Cars in the World

More and more consumers around the world prefer to buy eco friendly cars as they have lower emission levels and can help in saving the environment. Vehicle manufacturers too are designing new eco friendly car models to meet surging demand for such green cars. Eco friendly cars marketed by automobile companies these days offer equal operating range and better fuel efficiency than conventional cars. Below is the list of some of the most expensive green cars available in the market:
Tesla Roadster
The two-door convertible roadster from Tesla is the most expensive eco friendly car available in the market. It is powered by batteries and was the first high way capable electric vehicle to use lithium-ion batteries. The car comes in two trims, base and sport. The base model is powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole induction electric motor that produces a maximum net power of 248hp while the sport model is powered by a higher density engine which produces a maximum net power of 288hp. Automatic transmission is standard for both the models. Unlike other battery powered cars, the Tesla Roadster can travel 244 miles (393 km) on a single charge. The base version costs US$ 109,000 and the sport model costs US$ 128,500.
Lexus LS 600h
The Lexus LS 600h is the hybrid variant of the full-size luxury sedan from Lexus. The Lexus LS 600h is powered by a 5.0L, 8-cylinder engine which delivers a power of 389hp.The car delivers a mileage of 19-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway. Automatic transmission is a standard. The car comes with other premium features like 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), navigation system, curtain airbags, and drive traction control. The price of this luxury hybrid is US$ 112,750.
Telsa Model S
The Telsa Model S is a 5-seat full-size electric sedan. The car has a 85kWh lithium-ion battery pack which gives it a range of 265 miles (426 km) for a single charge. It offers the largest range than any other electric car available in the market. Model S is powered by a three-phase AC induction motor which delivers a power of 416hp. The car is available in four trims and the price ranges from US$ 57,400 to US$ 105,400.
BMW ActiveHybrid 750
BMW ActiveHybrid 750 from BMW's flagship 7 series is a full-size hybrid luxury sedan. The car is powered by a 4.4L V-8 engine delivers a power of 440 hp making it one of the most highly powerful hybrid cars available in the market. Its features include 8-speed automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), navigation system, curtain airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, automatic AC, cruise control, and driveline traction control. The price of this car is US$ 101,000.
Porsche Panamera Hybrid
Porsche Panamera Hybrid is one of the most beautiful eco friendly cars available today. Porsche and Volkswagen have developed the hybrid technology of this car together. A 328bhp supercharged V6 Audi engine was combined with a 46bhp electric motor to make the engine of this car. The electric motor is connected to the rear wheels. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission. The price of this car is US$ 96,150.
Most of the above given eco friendly cars are generally powered by advanced automobile technologies and alternative fuels like hydrogen and ethanol. The use of such complex technologies make these green cars quiet expensive. But, as governments around the world are offering incentives to automobile companies for developing green cars, their prices will fall in future.
About The Author: Alia is a writer. She loves writing, travelling and playing. Recently she did an article on top cars owned by celebrities.