Jaguar's latest concept vehicle C-X75 is a sleek, beautiful car that even has two small gas turbine engines in back. But despite all the performance features, it is actualy an range extended electric hybrid (REEV) like the Chevy Volt with four electric motors in the wheels, on-board batteries that give it an all electric driving range of nearly 70 miles (110 km).
The C-X75 has amazingly low carbon emissions: a mere 28g/km of CO2. For comparison, the current model of the Prius emits 89g/km - three times as much, although the Prius is the second cleanest vehicle on the UK Department for Transport list. Figures for a wide range of vehicles can be found on the EU Energy car emissions site.
Obviously, superior performance is available when cost is not an issue. This is a concept supercar, so there is not a price tag on it, and the actual cost for a car like this would be staggering. But it does show the technological possibilities that can be found with current engineering. The obstacle is how to make it widely available and affordable.
Getting the highest and most efficient level of performance from the car also will mean not pushing it with the stunning acceleration (0-60 mph/0-100 kph in 3.4 seconds) or blazing top speed (205 mph/330 kph) that the C-X75 can reach. More pictures of the car (and further coverage) is available from CNet UK: Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept is part electric, part frickin' jet.
written by TipThePlanet, October 09, 2010
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