Lamborghini tests out hybrid supercar
Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated unveilings of the Paris Motor Show, and the Italian supercar maker didn't disappoint.It's pretty sweet-looking, too:
The electric blue Asterion on display in Paris has been surrounded by cameras and curious onlookers since its unveiling Thursday. Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann says the low-slung speedster is the first ever plug-in gas-elecric hybrid in Lamborghini's history.
On the one hand, I think this is a pretty strong sign that hybrid technology is the way to go. If freakin' Lamborghini is investing in hybrids, I think it's a good sign the technology has gone mainstream. Hybrids are a great interim step between gasoline-only vehicles and [some other form of power]. Really, my only complaint with hybrids is the extreme price premium. Hopefully, as the technology matures, becomes more accepted, and enters the mainstream this will start to change.
I mean, the Honda Accord hybrid sedan is flippin' sweet. 50 mpg city gas mileage is pretty awesome for a mid-size sedan that seats 5 comfortably. Except that it's $8,000 more than the gas model that gets 27 mpg in the city, which is still pretty phenomenal for a car of that size. The discrepancy between efficient gas models and hybrids is closing, but at present time the difference isn't great enough to make up for the increase in price.
Showing the math: if you drive 15,000 miles a year, the hybrid will save roughly 250 gallons of gas a year. Even assuming a price of $3.50 a gallon, that's $900 a year, meaning you'd need to drive 9 years just to break even. That's doable, of course; however at that point variables really start stacking up, like if the battery needs to be replaced.
On the other hand, a hybrid Lambo sounds pretty freakin' awesome...
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)