Saleen Foursixteen

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Known for their hoppped-up muscle cars, Saleen brings its tuning expertise to a whole new category: electric cars. Revealed this weekend at Concours d'Elegance, Saleen's Foursixteen is based on the all-electric Tesla Model S giving potential consumers an interesting alternative to BMW's M or Mercedes AMG line.

Saleen's handiwork is evident throughout the whole vehicle, from the new front fascia to the carbon fiber diffuser at the rear and performance modifications that include a 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor, a 11.39:1 final gear ratio for enhanced acceleration, and an upgraded cooling system. you also get a track-grade suspension system and a redesigned interior.

$152,000, Saleen

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BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition

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BMW's hybrid-powered tribute to the M1 is getting a very special edition for the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach with an i8 wrapped in their stunning Frozen Grey Metallic paint scheme. The car will also get a special leather interior and will be signed by the BMW executive team.

The car will hit the block on Saturday at the Gooding & Co auction and if you're not familiar with the specs of the i8, the hybrid supercar is powered by an AWD powertrain that features a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline powering the rear and an electric motor powering the front. This system lets the i8 drive up to 75 mph for 20 miles on electric power and once the gas motor kicks in you'll get 0-60 times of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

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Toyota FCV Sedan

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Move over Tesla, Toyota has offered up its answer on what the car of tomorrow will be powered by and according to them it won't be electricity. Today they've fully revealed the production version of the FCV Sedan, a new car that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Set to go on sale in Japan in the first quarter of 2015 which will be followed up by launches in the US and Europe in the summer, the FCV Sedan is said to be similiar in performance to a traditional gas-powered car and is able to reach a cruising range of over 400 miles. Japan pricing will be close to $70,000 and there's no word yet on what the final pricing in the US and Europe will be.

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

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Volkswagen unveils a new hot hatch that also happens to be quite eco-friendly, the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. The latest version of the iconic hatchback combines a 1.4L 148 hp turbocharged TSI engine with a 101 hp electric motor that gets the GTE from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 135 mph. It also puts out an impressive 258 lb-ft of torque and even with all that power the car still can deliver a combined fuel economy of 157 mpg. That breaks down into a 31 mile range on electricity alone and an estimated total driving range of 584 miles.

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Tesla's West Coast Supercharger Corridor

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If you're lucky enough to own a Tesla, you can now travel between San Diego, CA and Vancouver, British Columbia using the company's West Coast Supercharger Corridor. That is 1,750 miles of all-electric travel and not a single drop of gasoline. Just how it should be. Tesla states that 99% of Californians and 87% of Oregon and Washington residents are within 200 miles of a Tesla Supercharger. Supercharges can send 120 kW of Direct Current allowing the battery to charge halfway in just 20 minutes, faster than most public charging stations that only deliver 7-10 kW of electricity.

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BMW i8

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BMW announces the production of its most striking vehicle in years, the i8 plug-in hybrid. The 2+2 features a three-cylinder gas engine with BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology that works in conjunction with BMW's eDrive system to deliver a total of 362 hp (420 lb-ft of torque) giving the i8 a 0-62 time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (120 mph on electric power alone). Being an "i" car, the i8 is all about efficiency, the car has an all-electric range of up to 22 miles and a combined range of up to 310 miles when throwing gas in the mix. As for tech the i8 has it in spades, you'll find that full-LED headlights are standard and BMW will also offer a world's first in a production vehicle, optional laser headlights which are significantly brighter than LEDs and consume half as much energy. ConnectedDrive also keeps you connected to your car via BMW's i Remote smartphone app, updates on nearby charging stations, and a Surround View camera system that gives you a bird's eye view of the car. Look for the BMW i8 to hit showrooms in early 2014.

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The BMW i3

After months of previews and conceptual sneak peeks, BMW reveals the i3 in its final production form. The i3 is the first fully-electric Bimmer and aims to hit all the efficiency marks with a compact but spacious four-seater that can achieve 81-99 miles of range on a single charge of the lithium-ion battery. For those with battery anxiety, BMW will also be releasing a "range-extender" gas/electric model that will get you a little over 200 miles in fuel range. Look for the i3 to hit your local BMW dealership in the second quarter of 2014. Starts at $41,350, BMW i

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Detroit Electric SP:01

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Look out Tesla, the motor city is launching its own all-electric automobile and they're resurrecting the old Detroit Electric marque, one of the first manufacturers of electric cars. The company's first car will be a limited edition (999 unit) two-seat roadster that aims to be the fastest all-electric production car in the world. Just how fast? The car will hit a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds, an impressive time that is comparable to some Ferraris and Lamborghinis. As for range, the SP:01 will be able to travel up to 180 miles and can be fully charged in 4.3 hours from a 240V/32A power source. Look for the SP:01 to arrive in showrooms this August. $135,000, Detroit Electric

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2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche pulls the curtain on its first plug-in hybrid, the new 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. The sporty sedan is powered by a 416 hp engine that couples its gas engine with a 95 hp electric motor that helps the Panamera reach up to 80 mph in full-electric mode while traveling up to 20 miles on electric power alone. As for speed, 0-62 arrives in 5.5 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 167 mph. $100,000, Porsche

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Volkswagen XL1

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No, its not a concept car or some elaborate sci-fi movie set prop, this is Volkswagen's most radical car they've ever put into production, the XL1 plug-in hybrid. The unique body isn't just for looks, the aerodynamic shell and low center of gravity optimizes performance and fuel efficiency. Inside, the car is powered by a two-cylinder TDI diesel and a lithium-ion powered electric motor that can cover a range of up to 30 miles without sipping one ounce of fuel. Now, its not the speediest car on the road with a 0-62 time of 12.7 seconds (100 mph top speed), though you can bet it will turn more than a few heads when it finally hits showrooms sometime this year. VW

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