Electric Cars are Not Just For Kids: Green Goes Luxury

As the electric car industry begins to take shape, some fancy vehicles are emerging. And it’s getting interesting. Luxury EVs are important to the rise of green car technology, considering the price of a small, electric “economy” car can sit in the neighborhood of $40K. Even with tax credits, it’s hard to make a decision to buy a green-minded economy car when the price tag is so high. So, enter the luxury car buyer who has money to spend on quality and requires sophistication and class.

Infiniti M37electric vehicle

The Infiniti M37 has a secret. As you drool at the bulging, strapping exterior, you might be blinded by the fact that there is a graceful and elegant interior within. You can get the full lo-down at JeanKnowsCars.com, but here’s a preview of the luxuries: A $4,200 premium package that includes a specialty interior with Japanese ash wood and genuine silver, three engine choices with the greatest being 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 and the vehicle gets 26/18 mpg. Another cool feature is its “Forest Air” climate system that controls odor and humidity with its electronic air purifier.

Tesla Model S

With style, grace and sex appeal, the all-electric Tesla Model S is swanky, defined. Is that why the Affleck-Garners, Ms. Diaz and Dustin Hoffman all show them off as their newest toys? Could be that … and the quick and agile feel of the vehicle. Apparently, it’s fun to drive. Consumer Reports says so.

Tesla is a California start-up that builds only electric cars. The buying processes keep you out of the dealerships. But sometimes it’s important to be patient. Good things come to those who wait. What also sets this vehicle apart is the car’s battery options. You can choose your size and each step-up is a $10K charge. The price can run anywhere between $52.4K and $100K, depending on your personal desires. Maybe the twin onboard chargers that can be filled in 30 minutes are appealing?

Best of all might just be the large panoramic windows and the 17″ interior touch screen. This baby can go hundreds of miles on one charge, compared to the 70 or 80 miles the little guys push and the Tesla can reach a top speed of 130 mph.

Cadillac ELR Extended-Range Electric

Cadillac has finally revealed its sporty coupe electric-style. It’s reported that to boost it’s exclusive appeal, it will be limited in production. Here are the details on this beauty from the Cadillac website: The body has a wide, planted stance of 20″ wheels, all LED lighting, impressive aerodynamics, 295 lb-ft of torque and has a T-shaped lithuim-ion battery that has a range that exceeds 300 miles. The interior feels handcrafted with a quality of craftsmanship that defines luxury. Motor Authority reports that it will start at an estimated $55K and prototypes are being tested in Detroit as we speak.

 

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