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In 2013, it has become an objective by many motorists to minimize or even discontinue visits to the gas pump. Automakers have realized this growing driving population by furnishing a new crop of ultra-efficient cars. Through various forms of gasoline/electric hybrid technology or by means of full-electric cars, new heights in fuel economy are allowing some to go further than ever on less fuel.
Currently existing as a plateau for extreme fuel efficiency, 40 miles per gallon is a benchmark achieved by several 2013 cars. Utilizing compact, weight-saving designs, aerodynamics and new technologies, the 2013 group of over 40-mile per gallon vehicles present remarkable possibilities for hyper-efficient travel.
Borrowing the capable and popular Honda Civic sedan, the Civic Hybrid addresses the demand for extreme fuel efficiency. Combining a 1.5 liter gasoline engine with an electric motor generating the equivalent of 23 horsepower, the Honda Civic Hybrid's sufficient small car performance is met with 44 mile per gallon fuel economy for city and highway motoring. As well as offering over 40-mile per gallon fuel efficiency, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid has optional leather seating and satellite navigation system available for green driving. Learn more »
The longest-running gasoline/electric hybrid car on the marketplace, the Toyota Prius is a popular way to be environmentally chic. Featuring the tried and tested Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system, a 1.8 liter gasoline engine is paired with two electric motors for a combined 134 horsepower in addition to high fuel economy. The 2013 Prius continues to prescribe to innovate driving offering technology such as an optional solar roof panel. Offering enough space for five passengers, the Toyota Prius' interior includes automatic climate control and a 6.1-inch touch display. Learn more »
The pint-sized offering in the Toyota Prius family, the Prius c was added in 2012 as a high fuel efficient and affordable choice for transportation. Smaller than a conventional Prius but slighter larger than a Toyota Yaris subcompact car, the Prius c features usable 17.1 cubic feet amount of storage space. Featuring the combined momentum of a 1.5 liter gasoline engine and a 45-kilowatt electric motor, the 2013 Toyota Prius c muscles out a total of 99 horsepower while accomplishing near 50-mile per gallon economy. Learn more »
Achieving even greater mileage than the basic Toyota Prius hybrid, the electric motor receives top priority with the 2013 Prius Plug-in. Utilizing a large 4.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid can cruise for 11 EPA-estimated miles on only electric power. Inside, the Toyota Prius Plug-in comes standard with the Entune multimedia touchscreen system. With a 240-volt power outlet, charging the Toyota Prius Plug-in requires just 1.5 hours. Learn more »
Expressing luxury with environmentally driven motoring, the Tesla Model S sedan has been changing the impressions many people have for electric vehicles. The 2013 Tesla Model S is offered with a 60 kWh battery as well as an 80 kWh for a longer travel distance. Presenting a driving range close to 300 miles, the Model S Performance version of the Tesla sedan can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Learn more »
The first plug-in hybrid vehicle introduced to market by a major automaker, the Chevy Volt remains a pinnacle in technological driving. For 2013, the electric driving range of the Chevy Volt has been prolonged from 35 to 37 miles. A 1.4 liter gasoline ranger extender engine allows the Chevy Volt can be driven up to 380 miles. As well as being highly efficient, the Volt features numerous premium features including Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control and OnStar. Learn more »
Ford's first foray into a fully electric consumer vehicle, the Focus Electric is entering its second year on the market. Offering greater interior space than a Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric's cabin accommodates 5 passengers and 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Powered by a 107-kilowatt electric motor connected to a single-speed transmission, the 2013 Ford Focus Electric operates on the charge of a climate-controlled 23-kilowatt battery. As well as fostering the cause of economical and green driving with the all-electric powertrain, the Ford Focus Electric also uses environmentally friendly components such as seating fabric comprised of recycled materials. Learn more »
Offered as one of the most affordable electric cars available in 2013, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a two-passenger city commuter. Available in both a coupe and cabriolet configuration, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive's 17.6-kilowatt lithium-ion battery feeds a 74 horsepower, 3-Phase AC motor. With a starting price under $26,000 before applicable tax credits, the Fortwo Electric Drive is both easy on the environment and the wallet. Learn more »
Introduced in 2010, the Nissan Leaf has become one of the more prolific electric vehicle ever built. Propelled by a 107-horsepower connected to a 24-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, the powertrain for the Nissan Leaf electric car is married to a compact, aerodynamic shape. Based on average national electricity costs, its cost owners just $2.76 to fully charge the Nissan Leaf for a maximum range of 105 miles. Heated seats, heated steering wheel and 30 cubic feet of cargo space insures economy-minded driving with the Leaf is uncompromised for most lifestyles. Learn more »
A four-passenger subcompact vehicle, the 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV boasts being one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the United States. Powered by a 16-kilowatt battery pack, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV can go up to 62 miles on a single charge. At 144.8 inches in total length, the i-MiEV is small but practical enough for handling city driving. Offering a quick charge port, the battery of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV can receive 80 percent of its energy capacity in just 30 minutes. Learn more »
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