As the world rapidly shifts towards renewable energy resources, so does the car industry. Over the span of the last decade, car manufacturers have stepped up their research and development of hybrid cars in order to meet the growing demand of the public. Governments are also making regulations in order to make hybrid cars more appealing to the public. Regulations like giving tax incentives and price cuts to every purchase of a hybrid car have been a generally accepted practice in many developed nations.
This article will present three of the hottest and most sought after hybrid cars that are currently available in the United States.
Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
First on the list is the Porsche Panamera. While Porsche is not exactly the first brand that comes to mind when it comes to hybrid cars, the Panamera is a revolutionary car. It is one of Porsche's first foray to capture the evolving taste of the hybrid car market.
The Panamera was first introduced in 2009 at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show. While a diesel version of the car is also available, it is the hybrid model that propelled the car into the mass consciousness.
The Panamera S Hybrid sports a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine. It has a combined power of 410bhp at 5500rpm. Porsche claims that the car has a top speed of 167mph and a 0-6-mph acceleration of 5.5 seconds.
Although the Honda Insight came into the hybrid scene quite late. It is still considered one of the hottest in the industry. The Honda Insight EX model sports a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an attached electric motor.
With its 10kW electric motor, the Insight can register an impressive mileage of 55mpg for city driving. This is a convenient feature, especially if you will use it as a daily commute car. This impressive mileage is one of the car's most defining feature.
The second-generation Honda NSX is definitely one of the most impressive hybrid cars currently available in the market. It is a mid-engine car with an all-wheel drivetrain. At the heart of this beast is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of churning out 500hp at 7500rpm. The car's more expensive trim can produce a lot more than that.
Honda claims that the NSX can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds and has a rated top speed of 191mph.