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Two New Green Cars From the LA Auto Show
The 2010 LA Auto Show is continuing on schedule with plenty for convention goers to see and enjoy. News continues to flow out from the show and some of it still has the green vehicle slant that shows how the automobile industry is taking more and more steps into a brave new world. While not all of the news involves cars that are entirely electric, hydrogen, or otherwise, many of them are hybridizations of previously existing models that can at least be seen as the next step towards a fully green vehicle industry.
Among the earliest announcements of previously established brands stepping into the green territory came from Buick. While at the LA Auto Show the General Motors Company, who oversees the Buick brand, announced that their 2012 Buick LaCrosse would become a hybrid vehicle with increased fuel mileage. The design apparently introduces a lithium ion battery, an electric motor, and the ability to transfer the energy from breaking into electricity as a means of extending the gas mileage upwards to around thirty seven miles per gallon. The car will also feature an "ECO" gauge that will constantly change the car's performance based on the driver's driving behavior in order to create a maximum efficiency driving experience. It is expected that the new electric motor and all other related systems will become standard for the LaCrosse model in future years.
While the LaCrosse represents some green vehicle change in the area of luxury cars, Jaguar has stepped up to add their chapter in the book of electric sports cars with their latest concept. Revealed for the first time in America at the LA Auto Show, the Jaguar C-X75 is the company's all new electric sports car that they promise will carry on the tradition of previous Jaguar sports car models. The C-X75 runs off four electric motors that are dedicated to each of the vehicles four wheels and are powered by a lithium ion battery system. So far, Jaguar has promised that the C-X75 will have an impressive 798 horsepower, collectively coming from each motor, and the ability to go from zero to sixty in less than four seconds. While the C-X75 will have the option of using a gas powered motor for extended range, it is capable of running on all-electric power. The only downfall of using all electric, however, is the total all-electric range of an unfortunate sixty eight miles.
Though both the C-X75 and the LaCrosse represent two very different ends of the green vehicle section of automobiles, both have something interesting and unique to share. Tomorrow, expect a few more green vehicle concepts that have hit the news from the LA Auto Show floors.
Photo Credits: Buick, AutoBlog