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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Cadillac ELR

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The General takes the Volt's EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle) technology upmarket and presents the new and luxurious Cadillac ELR. The ELR is a new 2+2 coupe powered by a 1.4L Gas engine coupled with an electric motor which both work in unison to produce 207 hp and most importantly, allow for 300 miles of total range of which 35 miles of that range can be fueled completely by electricity alone. Charging can be done via a 120V or 240V outlet and a full charge can be completed in four and a half hours through a 240V outlet. The ELR will hit Cadillac showrooms in early 2014. Cadillac

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BMW i3 Coupe Concept

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BMW continues to refine its electric car program with the debut of the i3 Coupe Concept. Inside the carbon fiber body lies a 170-hp electric motor with 184 lb-ft of torque. That power will get you speeding along for a total range of 100 miles on a full charge. The car will also feature a smartphone app that lets you share your smartphone's calendar, navigation data, and vehicle status. Via Autoblog

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Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive

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Merecedes gives its flagship SLS supercar a proper 21st century overhaul with the unveiling of the SLS AMG Electric Drive. Merc has swapped out the V8 for a monster of an electric engine: four electric motors that produce 740 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds, all that power will have you quickly (and silently) creeping up beside the best of the gas-powered supercars. As for charging and range, the car will need 3 hours for a full charge with a special "wall-box" installation or 20 hours without it. Once the 72 lithium ion cells are fully juiced, the car can cover a range of up to 155 miles. Look for the SLS AMG Coupe Electric drive to hit show rooms next summer for $530,000.

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